The Virginia Dominion Envirothon is a natural resources competition for high school students. It provides students with hands-on learning from natural resource professionals, and expands their knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife and aquatics, and gives them opportunities to formulate strategies to solve environmental issues.
At each level of competition (local, regional, state and nationals), students are tested “in the field” and give an oral presentation a current environmental issue.
Envirothon Teams consist of 5 members plus 2 alternates, 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 Competition: Hosted by TJSWCD in March; first and second place teams proceed to the Area II competition. To compete, teams must be registered with TJSWCD by March 1 of each year. (Click here to recent winners of the TJSWCD competition)
Area Competition: Hosted by the Area II Soil & Water Districts in April; the top three teams proceed to the State level.
State Competition: The Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) hosts the State level Envirothon in May.
National Competition: The top team from each state will compete at the National Envirothon held in July.
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 TJSWCD office for more information (434-975-0224 ext. 107). Team registration for the Local Competition is due in February.