Natural Resource Competition for High School Students
The Envirothon is North America’s leading environmental education competition, with an estimated 500,000 high school students in the United States and Canada demonstrating their knowledge and problem-solving skills on the topics of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife, and a current issue.
The annual Envirothon is an excellent opportunity for students to cultivate new skills and learn about resource conservation career opportunities.
A stanwood High School team tackles the Aquatics test, which includes identifying functions of a wetland and describing the factors that form a stream.
The special topic for the 2018 Envirothon is:
Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views
- Grazing is a popular tool in western rangeland management. How can this tool be used to help manage the ecosystem?
- What can management strategies help to reduce the spread and impact of noxious weeds?
- How can western rangeland management have a positive impact on fire suppression, and how can the lack of management be a negative impact on fire suppression?
- How can western rangeland management be used to maintain a balanced plant community to support livestock, sage grouse, as well as other wildlife and land uses?
- How can rangeland managers balance livestock production (grazing) with the maintenance of water quality?
- How can stakeholders with different values and opinions improve communication and working relationships to develop improved rangeland management strategies?
2018 Northwest Regional Envirothon
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2018
Location: Brightwater Environmental Education Center, Woodinville
Questions?: EducationIP@kingcd.org or (425) 282-1930
Basic Team Eligibility:
- Team members must be registered in grades 9-12 for the current school year.
- Teams must consist of five members from the same school, home school group, or local organization- community clubs welcome, too!
- An adult advisor must accompany teams and is responsible for the behavior of team members during meals, free time and other times not related to testing or preparation for competition.
- The Regional Competition is held on a weekday. Teams will need to get an excused absence from school to participate in this all day science competition.
- If your team advances, you will compete at the Washington State Envirothon.
More information: waenvirothon.org,
Interested in learning more about Envirothon?
Student Resources & Study Materials
Current Issue Study Guide – Rangeland Management
2017 Washington State Envirothon – Completed
On May 18th, the King Conservation District hosted the Washington State Envirothon at Camp Waskowitz in North Bend, WA. 11 teams from across Washington State competed in the competition. Okanogan High School won the competition and competed in the North American Envirothon in Maryland.
2017 NW Regional Envirothon – Completed
On March 29th, 2017 the King Conservation District hosted the NW Regional Envirothon at the Brightwater Water Treatment Facility in Woodinville. 5 teams from King County and 2 teams from Snohomish County represented the region by showcasing their knowledge in Forestry, Soils/ Land Use, Wildlife, and Aquatic Ecology test stations. They were also asked to present an oral argument in front of audience of 3 natural resource professionals on a scenario related to the 2017 topic of Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.
Thank you to all our test writers, judges, volunteers, and King County’s Brightwater Center for your help in making this a great event!
NW Regional Champions: Mercer Slough Caddisflies
King County: Mercer Slough Caddisflies
Snohomish County: Stanwood High School Team 1
2016 Northwest Washington Regional Envirothon
On April 12th, 2016, the Skagit Conservation District hosted the NW Regional Envirothon at the Brightwater Water Treatment Facility in Woodinville. Two teams from King County represented the region by showcasing their knowledge at Forestry, Soils/ Land Use, Wildlife, and Aquatic Ecology test stations. They were also asked to present an oral argument on a scenario related to the 2016 topic of Invasive Species.
Congratulations to the Mercer Slough team for winning first place in the 2016 Envirothon!
For more information, Contact Stevie Knapp
by phone at (425) 282-1930 or
email at Stevie Knapp