What is Envirothon?

The Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon is a team based natural resources competition for high school students. Students who participate learn stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real world environmental problems. The program is field-oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.

Click HERE for a video overview of the Virginia Dominion Envirothon competition!

Who makes up a team and what do they do?

Students work in teams of five.  Throughout the school year students prepare to compete at the local level, qualify to then compete at the area level (Loudoun County is part of Area II) and the top three teams from each of the six Soil & Water Conservation District areas in the state compete to be the State Winner.  These teams of high school students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources-soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue.  Students visit five “in-the-field” test stations where written and hands-on problem solving is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy to address a specific environmental issue they’ve been presented with.  The event is competitive but education is the bottom line.

Teams can be created through school clubs, classes, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, local nature centers etc.  The only requirements of at team are a minimum of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone.

What does the 2021 Envirothon competition look like?

Our 2021 Envirothon competition will be in an online format for the safety of everyone.  The virtual competition for our area will occur the week of April 19th – 25th.  The top three teams will move on to the state competition, which will also be online, happening May 16th – 21st.  Learn more about the current competition at https://vaswcd.org/current-competition.  Team registration deadline for this year is April 7th. If you have questions or are interested in forming a team, please email jennifer.venable@lswcd.org.

Want to get involved?  Attend FREE training to learn more.

FREE Envirothon Training Workshop – Jan 30th 

Click here to register by Jan 26th.

On January 30th from 9a – 4p, we are offering a virtual training workshop for students and staff.  This is geared not only to current teams who are “in training” for the spring competition, but also to any students and staff who have an interest in the program and simply wish to learn more.  By the end of this month, special topic videos in the areas of aquatics, forestry, wildlife and soil will be available on the Envirothon YouTube channel. The videos of interest should be viewed before attending the workshop on January 26th. Register here by Jan 26th.

Learn more about the 2021 competition here: https://vaswcd.org/current-competition

For additional information, contact Jennifer Venable at the LSWCD office at (571) 918-4530 x109 or email: jennifer.venable@lswcd.org

Virginia’s Envirothon program is also supported through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Proceeds from the sale of the Bay license plates help citizens keep the bay healthy by restoring wetlands, planting buffers around waterways, promoting marine life restoration, decreasing pollution and providing educational programs like Envirothon.  To purchase a Bay license plate visit: http://www.dmv.state.va.us/vehicles/#splates/info.asp?idnm=CB 

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