The Envirothon is a national natural resource competition sponsored in Virginia by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and Dominion Power.
Envirothon programs use the outdoors as an alternative to classroom learning. In a natural setting, high school students become aware of the many environmental problems that exist in today’s world. Groups learn to use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to arrive at solutions to environmental challenges.
Teams of five circulate through stations where they demonstrate their knowledge of wildlife, forestry, soils, and aquatics. In addition, teams study a current environmental issue and present their approach to addressing it.
The Envirothon is an excellent opportunity for high school students to prepare for real-world challenges and hone their problem solving and teamwork skills. Piedmont SWCD hosts a local Envirothon competition each spring and sponsors the first place team at the Regional Area V competition.
A $40,000 annual grant has made Dominion Power the primary state sponsor for the Envirothon. “I am very pleased that Dominion is partnering with the VASWCD to sponsor the Virginia Envirothon,” said Cindy Balderson, Philanthropy Manager for Dominion Power and the Dominion Foundation. “We believe the students’ participation in Envirothon activities will prepare them for college and beyond, as they study environmental issues and become advocates and stewards of our natural resources.”
Click here to visit the national Envirothon website.
Click here to visit the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts website.