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A series of academic competitions allowing middle-school and high-school students to demonstrate their knowledge of the environment and their natural resources

Public schools, private schools, home school groups, clubs, FFA groups are all eligible to participate in the Envirothon program.  Each team must consist of five members and may have alternates.  Each team must have have an adult advisor.

The Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors teams from Orange County.  The District will provide resource information and support for the students to study and prepare for the contest. 

Competition Format:

Area/Regional contest: March 24, 2015 at Elon University, Elon

State contest:  April 24-25, 2015 at Cedar Rock Park, Burlington

Each five-member team takes a written test at each station; the team with the highest total score wins the competition. (High school and middle school teams compete separately.) Discussion topics and test questions revolve around five subject areas:

  • Soils – soil classifications, profiles, properties, formation factors and characteristics; erosion; soil surveys; site suitability; and soil conservation practices.

  • Wildlife – wildlife habitats and their components, identification, food, rules and regulations, bird calls, diseases, and wildlife management.

  • Aquatics – Water quality, stream improvement, water chemistry, identification of plants and animals living in or around water, river basins and watersheds, water pollution, and water conservation.

  • Forests – tree identification, improvement of timber stand, forest ecology and management, forest measurements, forest insects, and tree diseases.

  • Current Environmental Issues – current or newsworthy environmental issues.

Find study resource material: can be found at

Orange County teams initially compete at the Area/Regional level and must achieve high scores to advance to compete at the State Envirothon. The 7 top scoring teams in middle and high school competition continue to the State Contest. 

For Further Information:

Contact us for more information on how to start a team or about the area/regional Envirothon and registration information. 

Find more information on the National Envirothon Web site .