What Is The Envirothon?

What is the Envirothon?

The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem solving competition for 9th-12th grade students in the United States and Canada. Teams train for and compete in five subject areas: Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and a rotating current environmental issue (2023 Topic: Adapting to a Changing Climate).

Competition Structure

Regional Competition → State Competition → North American Competition

Washington Regional Envirothon:

Washington State Regional Envirothon is the first step in the Envirothon journey! High school teams will go to their Regional event and compete against peers from local districts. The top team from the regional competition will move on to the Washington State Envirothon Competition.

  • Typically held March-April
  • One-day event

Washington State Envirothon:

The Washington State Envirothon brings together top teams from the Washington State Regional events to compete for recognition and the opportunity to attend the North American Envirothon Competition by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The top team from Washington State Envirothon will go on to compete in the North American Envirothon Competition.

  • Typically held at the end of May
  • Two-day event

North American Envirothon:

The North American Envirothon competition brings together from students throughout the U.S. and Canada who have won their state or provincial event. At North American Envirothon, teams compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.

  • Typically held July-August
  • One-week event

Why Should I Participate?

The Envirothon is a unique opportunity for students to be exposed to many aspects of environmental science in a fun and hands-on group setting. It takes classroom learning to a new level by incorporating field professionals and a real-world look at these topics. The Envirothon also fits well into state and national science standards and is a great complement to AP Environmental Science or other high school science courses. It can also be a fun goal for a club or after-school group to achieve.

What to Expect

Teams are comprised of 5 high school students and can be formed through any type of organization. Training resources are provided on the Envirothon websites (envirothon.org) or through your local conservation district or sponsoring organization. More information can be found under Current Competition).


Resources, handbooks and information about each topic can be found at the national Envirothon Website. Your local Conservation District also provides support in the form of sponsorship and trainings in preparation for the competition.

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Use the contact form or reach out to your local conservation district to learn more.