By starting a team of high school students to participate in Envirothon you provide students with hands-on problem solving skills and experiences to address natural resource management issues facing rural and urban communities across our state.
One adult and a minimum of 5 students are required to form a team. Team sponsorship is granted through the team's local Soil and Water Conservation District. Coaches/Advisors must be willing to coordinate fields trips and after-school activities with parents and school authorities.
In addition to being a fun time outdoors, attending Envirothon events supports/satisfies activities for the following programs:
Fall/winter is the perfect time to start a team. December is when the state topic leads update the website with study guides for the competition. The State Competition typically occurs mid-April. To help teams prepare, the NM Envirothon hosts 2 practice workshops a year. This year NME will host a workshop in January and March. Partners and volunteers are encouraged to host regional events to serve teams in rural/remote areas.
There are 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state of New Mexico. This means we could have at least 47 Envirothon teams!
Prior to the pandemic, NM Envirothon had upwards of 30 teams participating across the state. Post-pandemic numbers are closer to 15 teams. This means there are plenty of opportunities to start a team in your watershed!
Students can come from public, private, charter, magnet, and homeschools. Students on a team do not all have to come from the same school system/program. The team coach/advisor must coordinate with each student's parents and school authority as applies.
The average cost for each student to compete in our state competition is ~$150. Student and team registrations include cost of meals and lodging. Teams typically receive financial sponsorships from their local SWCDs to offset the cost of registration and travel. Teams can also fundraise for additional tools, merchandise, and team shirts or jackets.
NM Envirothon continues to grow its operating budget to keep registration prices low. If funding limits your team's participation, contact us to connect you to stipends/scholarships available through our partners.