This program is designed to cultivate a desire to learn more about our natural environment through competitive events. Thousands of high school students have met the Envirothon challenge nationwide and come away with a greater understanding of their total environment.
Area High School students and Teachers are encouraged to "Accept a Natural Challenge"
This interdisciplinary competition is a great way to fit natural resources and environmental studies into required curriculum objectives. Winning teams at the regional level advance to the state Envirothon to be held in May. The top state team then advances to the National Envirothon, for a chance to win top honors as well as scholarships. The highest scoring Future Farmers of America (FFA) team at the state competition will also represent Tennessee in the national FFA competition consisting of similar environmental topics. This information has been made available to the Biology, Chemistry, Science and Vo-Ag teachers in your community, as well as, your local 4-H office.
The mission of the Envirothon is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing and prepared to work twards achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
Envirothon's purpose is to promote greater awareness of natural resources and to heighten students' understanding of the interrelationship between plants, animals, humans and the environment we share. The competition provides students with experience in environmental ctivities to enable them to become environmentally-aware, action-oriented adults.
It's a warm spring day and the bright green foliage of new leaves is reflected in the streams surface. On the stream bank, a group of students collaborate to answer questions about the water quality. Nearby, their competitors are studying pelts and animal tracks to determine the correct answers to a wildlife quiz. Beneath the trees, other young people identify leaves as part of a forestry competition that encourages stewardship of natural resources through group interaction and brings students into the outdoor classroom.
(*) Changes each year. Past environmental topics have included pesticide management, non-point source water pollution, acid rain, groundwater and greenways and land trusts for family farms.
Pennsylvania was the birthplace of Envirothon in 1979. Tennessee became involved in 1993, when the Clinch-Powell Resource Conservation and Development(RC&D) Council introduced the competition to students in Claiborne, Grainger, Hancock, Hawkins, and Union Counties. Since then, the competition has grown to include 72 counties covered in the ten RC&D Councils across the state. A contract with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Nonpoint Source Program has allowed the competition to become statewide over the last several years.