Hundreds of teachers and professionals throughout Pennsylvania guide high school students through this natural resource environmental education program that combines classroom learning and outdoor activities. This exposure to nature and seeing how humans impact the natural world provide invaluable lessons for understanding ecosystems and our environment.
At the Envirothon, teams of five high school students compete in field testing using their knowledge in five topic areas – Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife, and Environmental Issues. A current environmental issue is chosen each year as the “hot topic” for the focus of this station as well as the oral presentation component.
Students are exposed to scientists and experts in the fields of environmental science and ecology who will coach and guide their learning experience. Teams will first compete in a county Envirothon, with winners advancing to the state contest where over $10,000 in scholarships and prizes are awarded. State winners earn the chance to compete at the North American Envirothon, North America’s largest high school natural resource education competition, and a chance to win scholarships and North American products.
Pennsylvania Envirothon is a 501 (c) 3 Non-profit Organization and a member of North American Envirothon. Pennsylvania is made possible by a host of generous sponsors and partners.
Why Participate in the Envirothon?
Because it is…
Educational! You will learn about a broad range of environmental topics and compete using your knowledge in five key areas.
Exciting! The competitive format generates excitement and helps to develop your skills in teamwork, oral presentation, and problem-solving. Your participation will give you tools to become a future leader in helping citizens make informed decisions about how to live in balance with the natural world that surrounds us.
Fun! Much of the learning takes place through outdoor, hands-on activities from stream hikes to nature centers. Throughout the competitions, you will meet students from other schools and other parts of the country.