The Virginia Envirothon is a team based natural resources competition for high school students. Students learn stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real world environmental problems. The program is field-oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.
Who makes up a team and what do they do?
Students work in teams of five. Throughout the school year students prepare to compete at the local level, qualify to then compete at the area level and the top three teams from the six Soil & Water Conservation District areas in the state compete to be the State Winner. These teams of high school students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources-soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue. Students visit five “in-the-field” test stations where written and hands-on problem solving is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy to address a specific environmental issue they’ve been presented with. The event is competitive but education is the bottom line.
Teams can be created through school clubs, classes, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, local nature centers etc. The only requirements of a team are a minimum of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone.
Congratulations to Buckingham county High school for placing 2nd at the 2023 Area V Competition and to Cumberland County High School for placing 3rd Place overall. Both teams will Compete at the state level at Virginia State University on May 21 & 22.
Buckingham County High School Envirothon Team
(Back row left to right): Aamon Harkins, Vernon Wilkerson, Devin King, Mr. Andrew Schmitt (Coach), Brandon Johnson (Team Captain) Jesseca Hueler
(Front row) Aaron Martin (Not pictured, Jordan Dorrier)
Cumberland County High School Envirothon Team. Coach Joshua Fleenor, Mark Tuttle, Brianna Barker, Celeste Mitchell, Phillip Cross, Cole Dalton, Tucker Bowman (Not pictured, Kaitlynne Kelsey)