What is Envirothon?
The Envirothon is a natural resource program designed to challenge 5th -12th grade students in an interactive, outdoor competition where teams are tested in areas of aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils and land use, and current environmental issues.
Teams must first compete at the area level which includes: Rowan, Iredell, Davie, Davidson, Cleveland, Stanly, Anson, Union, Gaston, Mecklenburg, and Lincoln counties. Seven teams may advance to the state level, and winners from that competition may advance to the NCF Envirothon which includes teams from across the country, China, and Canada. Our local Envirothon is called the Southern Piedmont Envirothon. Teams do not need to qualify before entering the local competition, but they do need to meet the requirements for a team.
When is the Envirothon?
The Southern Piedmont Envirothon will be held at Dan Nicholas Park March 28, 2023 for middle school teams and March 29, 2023 for high school teams. Teams must register for the Southern Piedmont Envirothon by February 2023.
The NC Envirothon will be held April 28-29, 2023 at Cedarock Park in Alamance County.
How do I start a team?
Teams must be groups of 3-5 students who learn and practice together. They may include FFA students, groups of students from the same school, scouts, 4H, or home-school students. If your child is interested in being on a team, but cannot find a team within their school or club they may join the Outdoor Environmental Club (OEC). The OEC will start meeting for the 2023 school year starting tin September, The OEC typically meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 4-5:30pm.
All teams must have an adult advisor. The advisor must notify Kelli Isenhour about their intent to participate so she can make sure the Area Envirothon Committee is aware of the number of teams to expect, and make sure the team is properly registered for the competition.
Envirothon School for Advisors:
If you are interested in learning more about being an Envirothon Advisor, or just want to enhance your natural resource skills, then you may be interested in attending the NC School for Advisors/ Teachers. This professional development workshop is usually held in July at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh. Participants may choose to go one day, or the whole week. Each day is broken down into four of the five topics for the Envirothon: Soils, Forestry, Wildlife and Aquatic Ecology. Registration information may be found at http://www.ncagr.gov/SWC/educational/envirothon-envirothon_school.html