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Image of teenagers walking through a forest.

The Envirothon is a hands-on, team competition designed to help high school students learn about natural resource management. Students spend class time studying five areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. During the school year, teams prepare for the competition, which takes place each spring. Learning objectives and materials for students and teachers are provided by Resource Conservation Districts.

The Envirothon stimulates students' interests in natural resource stewardship. Students become aware of the many environmental problems that exist today. Working as a team, they use problem-solving skills to arrive at solutions to specific environmental problems.

Image of Envirothon audience at 2018 final presentation.

At the outdoor competition, each team member answers written questions pertaining to the site, in the fields of: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils and Wildlife.

The final component of the competition is an oral presentation that the team members develop and present together concerning a current environmental issue.

Resource Conservation Districts, in conjunction with cooperating agencies, organizations, educators, and interest groups, conduct the California Envirothon. The winning team represents California nationally in late summer at the NCF Envirothon. If you would like to form an Envirothon team at your high school, or for more information, please contact Erin Snyder at

Collage of pictures of students/participants for Envirothon