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.
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.
National - Hosted by Canon in August.
The 1st place team from the Virginia competition goes on to the 2014 North American Envirothon in Athens, Georgia, 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 20132014
November 16 2013:
Area II Envirothon Training Workshop
at Graves Mountain Lodge, open to all coaches and students, $18 per person
includes lunch. Contact
DiNicola for registration.
January 25, 2014: Area II Envirothon Training Workshop at Montpelier, open to all coaches and students, $5. Contact Stephanie DiNicola for registration.
March 21, 2014: Local Envirothon Competition at Walnut Creek Park, Albemarle County. Contact Nicola McGoff to register by March 1.
April 23, 2014: Area II Envirothon Competition at Graves Mountain Lodge, Madison County. Contact Stephanie DiNicola for more details.
May TBD 2014: Virginia Envirothon State Competition. July 20-24, 2014: North American Envirothon (National Competition) at University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.
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 the office and ask for Nicola McGoff to check one out today (434-975-0224).
2011 Local Tests & Answer Keys
2011 Special Topic: Estuaries Test with answers
2011 Soils test with answers
2011 Wildlife test with answers
2011 Forestry test with answers
2011 Aquatics test with answers