What is Envirothon?
Students who participate in Envirothon 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.
Who makes up a team and what do they do?
Envirothon is a tiered series of competitions. Students work in teams of five students. Throughout the school year, students prepare to compete at the local (county) level. Winners of the local competition advance to compete at the Area level. The top three teams from the six Areas in the state compete to be the State Winner. The team winning the state competition then advances to the national North American Envirothon. 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 for addressing an environmental issues problem.
How does this work?
The local countywide Henrico competition and program is sponsored and administered by Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District. Henricopolis will provide training opportunities to prepare Henrico teams for their local competition. Henricopolis staff will also assist with registration and administrative duties associated with having the winning Henrico team participate in the Area competition. Staff will provide coaches with pertinent and relevant information related to the program.
How do I start a team?
Each team must have a team coach. Interested students must identify a coach, whether it be a teacher, club leader, parent or other adult. If you are interested starting an Envirothon team, contact Lindy Durham at 804-501-5175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the 2019 Envirothon Team from Highland Springs School!
Resources for Coaches
Henricopolis has several resource trunks available for loan to Henrico Envirothon coaches. These bags contain additional training resources, including ID books and guides, videos, maps, water monitoring kits, and more. Trunks are available to Henrico Envirothon Coaches on a first-request basis. Teams competing in the Henricopolis Envirothon receive a bag for the duration of the Envirothon season.
The 2021 Envirothon will be a virtual event. For more information, visit www.vaswcd.org and click on “K-12 Education- Dominion Energy Envirothon“.
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