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 Rachel McCuller at Headwaters SWCD: (540) 248-0148 Ext: 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 Competitions and Training
Fall 2018 Training: Saturday November 17 2018 from 9am to 5pm at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA (Mock competition, special topic panel and 2-hour topic sessions)
Area 1 Envirothon Training: Saturday February 16 2019 Location TBD
Headwaters SWCD Local Competition: Thursday April 2019 at Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA. Registration starts at 8:30 AM
Area I Competition: Wednesday May 1 2019 at McCormick Farm in Raphine, VA. Hosted by Mountain Castles and Natural Bridge SWCDs
Dominion Envirothon Competition State Competition: May 2019
North American Envirothon Competition: July 28-August 2 at NC State University in Raleigh NC
For study materials please visit the VASWCD Envirothon Resource Page.
Virginia State Envirothon 2017