Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem solving competition for high school students in the United States and Canada. Students complete training and testing in five natural resource categories: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue, which changes each year.
Teams of five students, plus an alternate, prepare for this two-day outdoor competition. Students compete in resolving natural resource issues and developing solutions to environmental problems. The overall goal of the New Mexico Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work toward achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
The New Mexico Envirothon consists of two components: written and oral competitions. At outdoor field sites, students participate in hands-on testing, which includes multiple choice, true/false and short answer questions in each of the five subject areas. In the oral competition, students are given a real-world resource problem for which they develop a management strategy to address the problem and present their solution to a panel of judges.
Friday night is a training session and social time. The competition starts 8 am Saturday morning and ends Sunday before noon. A detailed agenda will be mailed to all teams that register.
Team registration is $100.00. Every team must be supported and sponsored by a local Soil and Water Conservation District. The District may pay the team’s registration fee or help teams raise funds. A list of New Mexico’s Soil and Water Conservation Districts is on the NM Envirothon website in the sponsor section.
Two nights lodging and five meals is $115 per person. Lodging information will come in the registration package.
Come and join us for the 2017 competition. You are guaranteed to learn a lot, have tons of fun and make new friends!