The Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. In the field, teams of students are challenged to hone critical thinking skills and work as a team. They answer written questions and conduct hands-on investigation of environmental issues in five categories—Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. In addition to a written test the teams also present an oral presentation solving a specific natural resource issue.
The Envirothon stimulates, reinforces, and enhances students’ interest in the environment and our state’s natural resources. The concept was created by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts as an outdoor hands-on competition. From “Environmental Olympics,” the concept expanded to other states; and when the national competition was added in 1988, the name was changed to Envirothon. Envirothon affords a unique approach to teaching environment education, and it’s fun!
Missouri Envirothon also provides scholarship opportunities to high school students that have participated in the Envirothon program. Our fund-raising includes funds for the scholarships as well as operating funds to put on the competition at the state and regional levels in Missouri.