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. Sampson County Soil and Water Conservation District is 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
Resource Conservation Workshop
The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong workshop for high school students that involves study and hands on participation in a wide variety of conservation topics. Preference is given to high school juniors and seniors. Students are housed in NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to apply themselves to meet the primary objective of this workshop - learning about natural resources and their management in today's environment. Competition and contest winners can earn college scholarships and cash prizes. The Resource Conservation Workshop is usually held during the last two weeks in June.
Applications are available at RCW-For_Students (ncagr.gov).
Mail completed applications to Sampson Soil and Water Conservation District, 80 County Complex Road, Suite 110, Clinton, NC 28328.
Application deadline is May 8.
photo credit: RCW 2022