Envirothon

What is the Envirothon?

The Envirothon is a yearly competition for students in grades 9-12 to demonstrate their knowledge of the environment and natural resources. Students, in teams of 5, are tested on their knowledge of soil and land use, wildlife, forestry, aquatic ecology, and a current environmental issue.

The contest is a great opportunity for students to gain practical, hands-on skills that will be useful throughout their careers. Students have the chance to improve their teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving while participating. Envirothon connects students to professional, seasoned experts, inspiring the next generation of environmental professionals. 

Participation in the Envirothon

The State of Ohio is divided into 5 separate Envirothon areas, and each area holds their own contest in the spring. Stark County is part of the Area II Envirothon competition. Each school district may send 2 teams to the area level contest, accompanied by an advisor. The area contest is a 1-day event.


 

The top 4 teams from each area contest move on to the state level contest. The state contest is a 2-day event. After the top 20 Ohio teams compete in June, the top scoring state team moves onto the international level, the National Conservation Federation (NCF) Envirothon. The NCF-Envirothon is a 7-day event. The NCF-Envirothon is held in a different state, or province, each year. The 2023 NCF-Envirothon will be held in New Brunswick, Canada. 

 

Current Environmental Issues

Each year a new current environmental issue is selected based on emerging environmental and natural resource concerns. The current environmental issue in 2023 is Adapting to a Changing Climate. The table below lists current environmental issues from prior contests. 

Study Guides & Learning Materials

Cuyahoga SWCD Learning Materials - Scroll down to access study guides and other learning materials.

Area 5 Envirothon Study Guide - Click on the Study Guides Tab and select your topic of interest to access to study guides and practice tests from past competitions. 

Past Contests

Soil & Land Use Station
Soil & Land Use Station

Students evaluating soil horizons and soil type.

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Forestry Station
Forestry Station

Students receiving information from a forestry professional before the subject test.

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Current Issue Station
Current Issue Station

Students completing questions on urban and community forests.

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Soil & Land Use Station
Soil & Land Use Station

Students evaluating soil horizons and soil type.

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Check out the slideshow to see students participating in the Envirothon and getting hands on! Each of the 5 subjects offer different opportunities for students to gain practical experience and skills they can demonstrate at competition. 

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Envirothon at the state and international levels by checking out the resources below.

Ohio Envirothon:

International Envirothon: