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 (2017 Topic: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship).
Regional events are hosted in the spring for any interested teams. The competition consists of 4 written components, as well as an oral presentation on a current environmental topic that a team of 5 completes together. Winners from each county move on to the state competition. The national competition is held during the summer for each state’s winning team. The 2017 National Envirothon will be July 23rd – July 29th, at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
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. Regional events will be held in spring 2017 (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.