What is Envirothon?
Envirothon is the largest outdoor environmental science competition in the United States and Canada for high school students. Students compete in teams of five to demonstrate their knowledge in Soils, Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, and a current issue topic. This year’s current issue topic is Adapting to a Changing Climate.
How does Envirothon work?
There are three levels of Envirothon competition: Regional, State, and National Competition. All of the 2023 Competitions are planned to be held in-person. The Washington State Envirothon Committee will be keeping a close eye on statewide COVID safety protocols and are prepared to accommodate a virtual competition if needed to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
Washington Regional Envirothon
Washington State Regional Envirothon is the first step in the Envirothon journey! The top teams from the regional competition will move on to the Washington State Envirothon Competition.
- Typically held March-April- See dates of 2023 Regional Envirothon competitions below
- One-day event
Washington State Envirothon
The Washington State Envirothon brings together top teams from the Washington State Regional events. The winner of the Washington State Envirothon competition represents Washington at the North American National Envirothon.
The 2023 Washington State Envirothon will be held on May 24 and 25, 2023 at Soundview Camp and Retreat Center in the Key Peninsula.
North American National Envirothon
The North American Envirothon competition brings together students from throughout the U.S. and Canadian provinces who have won their state or provincial event.
- 2023 National Envirothon competition in New Brunswick, July 23rd-29th.
- One week event
Washington Regional Envirothon competitions are typically held in March-April. The details and team registration information of the 2023 Regional Envirothon Competitions will be posted soon. If you don’t see the county you live in listed below, reach out to email@example.com.
Why participate in Envirothon?
Students who participate in Envirothon are empowered to educate others, take action in their local communities, pursue higher academic study in environmental disciplines, and work toward environmental and conservation careers. The fun and competitive spirit of Envirothon motivates teams to learn about real-world environmental and climate change solutions. As our planet continues to experience the impacts of climate change, sustainable natural resources and land management of our soil, water, air, and land are crucial. Students learn about these sustainable practices and about environmental and conservation careers that work with their community to provide local solutions and strategies to address these challenges.
Teams gain public speaking, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork skills preparing and working together during the competition. Participating students have the opportunity to network with professionals in the field and spend time outdoors exploring. Envirothon also looks great on resumes and college applications.
What study resources are available for Envirothon Teams?
For online and study resources for teams, please reference our Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife and Current Issue Resources pages. The WA Envirothon committee will also be holding training sessions and workshops to help teams prepare for the competition. You can find the most recent training information on our Team Trainings and Webinars page.
Find and contact your local conservation district for more information.
Who can compete?
Students grades 9-12 from the same school, home school, or local organization (FFA, ect.) can form a team and compete. Teams must consist of five members and have an adult team advisor, who can attend the competitions.