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 is typically held in March. A date for 2023 has not been set. Teams must register for the Southern Piedmont Envirothon by February 2023.
The top 7 teams may advance to the NC Envirothon. The NC Envirothon will be held April 28-29, 2023.
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, A detailed schedule will be available later this summer.
All teams must have an adult advisor. The advisor must notify Kelli Isenhour about their intent to participate so she can make sure the planning 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 July 11-15, 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