What is the Envirothon?
The Dominion Energy Envirothon is a team based natural resources competition for high school students (grades 9-12). Students learn stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real world environmental problems. The program is field-oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals. The competition begins at the local level and advances all the way through the national level.
Who makes up a team and what do they do?
Students work in teams of five. Throughout the school year students prepare to compete at the local level, qualify to then compete at the area level and the top three teams from the six Soil & Water Conservation District areas in the state compete to be the State Winner. These teams of high school students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources-soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue. Students visit five “in-the-field” test stations where written and hands-on problem solving is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy to address a specific environmental issue they’ve been presented with. The event is competitive but education is the bottom line.
Teams can be created through school clubs, classes, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, local nature centers etc. The only requirements of a team are a minimum of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone. Teams begin training in late fall-early winter, with the local & state competition dates typically held each spring.
It is a fantastic learning opportunity for students interested in natural resources and the environment!
Contact Megan Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about forming a team and training for the competition.
2017-2018 Envirothon Trainings & Competitions Envirothon Q&A session: Tuesday October 24, 2017 at 5:30pm. Stop by the Robert E. Lee SWCD office to learn more about this natural resources competition for high-schoolers! Fall 2017 training: Saturday November 4 from 9am to 5pm at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA (Mock competition, special topic panel and 2-hour topic sessions). Robert E. Lee SWCD Local Competition: TBA Area V Competition: Tuesday April 24 at Waid Recreation Area, Rocky Mount Va. Dominion Envirothon Competition: Date TBA at Ferrum College North American Envirothon Competition: July 22-26 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho