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Envirothon is a hands-on environmental science and natural resources competition for middle school and high school students. Students immerse themselves in a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences. The competition is open to public, charter, private, and home schools, as well as FFA groups and other clubs. Teams must consist of 3 to 5 members (plus 2 alternates if desired) and an adult advisor. Training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: Soils, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, and a Current Environmental Issues. Participation takes place at three levels: area, state and national.

Envirothon Testing Areas

  • Wildlife - challenges teams on habitats, identifications, food, harvesting, rules and regulations, diseases and management.
  • Aquatics - challenges teams on aquatic ecology, stream improvement, water quality, aquatic plants and animals, pollution, wetlands, best management practices (BMP's), conservation and macroinvertebrates.
  • Forestry - challenges teams on tree identification, improvement of timber stands, insects, diseases, forest management, forest measurements and forest ecology.
  • Soils - classifications, erosion, soil surveys, site suitability, current issues, soil characteristics, Best Management practices and other conservation practices.
  • Current Environmental Issues - any current or newsworthy environmental issues.

Soil and Water Area VII includes the districts of Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, Harnett, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson and Scotland counties.

Environthon is a program provided by Sampson County Soil and Water Conservation District, located at 80 County Complex Road, Suite 110, Clinton, NC 28328. For more information, call 910-592-7963 ext 3 or go to https://sites.google.com/view/ncarea7envirothon (Area 7 Envirothon) https://sites.google.com/site/envirothonnc/home (NC Envirothon)

photo credit: Area VII Environthon