706 Forest St, Ste. G
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-975-0224
Fax: 434-975-1367

Louisa Office:
39 Industrial Dr.
Louisa, VA 23093
Phone: 540-967-5940
Fax: 540-967-2557


Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition for high school students. Teams compete in 5 areas: soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and the current environmental issue. The competition is held in the field and teams have the opportunity to meet and work with natural resource professionals. Teams consist of 5 members, in grades 9 - 12. All schools, FFA, 4-H, and home-school students are welcome. The team coach can be a teacher or any willing adult.

***If you want to form a team but cannot find a coach, please contact Lauriston DaMitz at 434-975-0224 ext. 107 or lauriston.damitz [at] We will try our best to find you a coach!***


Competition Structure

Local - Hosted by TJSWCD in March. First and second place teams proceed to Area II competition. Register by March 1st with TJSWCD.                            

Area - Hosted by Area II Districts in April. First, second, and third place teams proceed to State.                                     

State - Hosted by VASWCD in May.      

The 1st place team from the Virginia competition goes on to the North American Envirothon, for a chance to win scholarship money and photo equipment. If your team places within the top 10 at the national competition, each team member will receive up to a $5,000 college scholarship. In 2012, Fort Defiance High School from Augusta County won the State competition and continued on to compete in the National competition.

Important Dates!

March 20, 2015: : Local Envirothon Competition at Walnut Creek Park, Albemarle County. Contact Lauriston DaMitz to register by March 1.
April 22, 2015: Area II Envirothon Competition at Fauquier Education Farm in Warrenton, VA.
May 17-18, 2015: Virginia Envirothon State Competition at Longwood University, Farmville, VA
July 17 - August 2, 2015: North American Envirothon (National Competition) at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri.



The TJSWCD has resource back packs filled with study materials available for teams to borrow. There is one pack each for Wildlife, Soils, Aquatics, and Forestry. These packs are very hands-on and using them to study will undoubtedly help you. Please call Lauriston DaMitz to check one out today (434-975-0224, ext. 107).

2015 Special Topic/ Oral Presentation Problem: Urban and Community Forestry

For Learning Objectives and additional resources, check out the VASWCD Envirothon page