The Dominion Envirothon is a natural resources competition for high school students. Students who participate learn stewardship and management concepts, and work to solve real and hypothetical environmental problems. The program is field-oriented, community-based and gives students the opportunity to work with natural-resource professionals. The students have fun developing skills as a team, meeting students from other schools, and learning about career opportunities in the environmental field.
Who makes up a team and what do they do?
Students work in teams of five, plus up to two alternates. Throughout the school year, students prepare to compete at the local level, then qualify for the Area I competition. Top-scoring teams from each of the three different Districts in the Area will advance to the State Dominion Envirothon Competition.
At each level of competition, students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources in four categories: AQUATICS, FORESTRY, SOILS and WILDLIFE, plus a CURRENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE that changes annually. Students visit four “in the field” test stations, where written- and hands- on problem solving is required. In addition, each team delivers an oral presentation based on their strategy for addressing the current environmental issue. While the events are competitive, they encourage development of useful real-world skills in research, collaboration and defense of findings. Education is the bottom line.
Participants in the Envirothon program gain a deeper knowledge of the effect individual actions have on environmental problems, the interactions and inter-dependence of our environment, current environmental issues, the agencies available to assist them in resource protection concerns and the need to become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults.
Previous participants in the Headwaters SWCD Envirothon program have attended and taught at environmental summer camps and received college scholarships.
Are you interested in Envirothon?
If you would like to form or coach a team through your school, church, home school group, scout troop, etc. contact Ginny Hoffman at Headwaters SWCD: (540) 248-0148. firstname.lastname@example.org
For study materials please visit the VASWCD Envirothon Resource Page.
Virginia State Envirothon 2017
2016-2017 Competitions and Training
Area 1 Envirothon Training: Saturday, February 18, 2017 (Snow date: February 25, 2017)
Location: Blue Ridge Christian School
100 Dinkel Ave.
Bridgewater, VA 22812.
Register by February 13, 2017
Registration forms can be found at https://svswcd.org/envirothon/ under Envirothon Trainings.
Headwaters SWCD Local Competition: March 30, 2017
Location: Montgomery Hall Park
1000 Montgomery Avenue
Stuanton, VA 24401
Area I Competition: Wednesday, April 26th, 2017.
Location: Natural Chimneys, Mt. Solon, VA
Dominion Envirothon Competition State Competition: May 21 – 22, 2017.
Location: Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.
North American Envirothon Competition: July 23 – 29, 2017
Location: Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD.