Envirothon

What is the Envirothon?

 

The ENVIROTHON is a high school competition designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest the environment and natural resources.  Students are tested on their knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. In addition, the Envirothon encourages cooperative decision-making and team building. While each student on a team is challenged individually to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of the competition is the team score. A team consists of five students, all from the same high school. An adult advisor (or advisors) must accompany the team but is not permitted to assist the team during the competition.

High School students across the state compete on the local level at one of the five Area Envirothons. The top four teams from each Area Envirothon then go on to compete at the state competition held each year in June for the title of State Envirothon Champion. The winning team will then compete at the national competition, the NCF Envirothon, held annually in July in a different state in North America. 

The Envirothon program originated in Pennsylvania in 1979 as a hands-on, outdoor competition to test high school students’ knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues. The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts sponsored it. In 1988, the original name, Enviro-Olympics was changed to Envirothon.

 The program has grown every year since the 1988 competition in Pennsylvania when just three states competed to the thirty-two states and three Canadian provinces participating in the 1996 national competition held in Nebraska.

Nova Scotia hosted the 2000 National Envirothon.

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