ARIZONA ENVIROTHON

PART OF NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COMPETITION

April 9-10, 2021

A training workshop will be held January 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Rodney Held at azenvirothon@gmail.com.

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Arizona Envirothon is modeled after the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon (NCF Envirothon), North America’s largest natural resource competition for high school students.  Arizona’s competition is open to all high schools within the state.  Interested students form a 5-member team, study and learn about our natural resources and then compete for the opportunity to win significant prizes and represent Arizona at the annual NCF Envirothon.

Students and their coaches prepare for the competition with assistance from natural resource professionals.  The major areas of study include aquatic ecology, soils and land use, wildlife, forestry, and a current environmental theme that changes yearly.  Students must learn about each topic area and more importantly understand that these resources are not isolated subjects, but rather interact within a given ecosystem.

Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders and none today can question the importance and benefits of environmental stewardship.  The Envirothon helps students to develop the critical thinking skills that are necessary to manage and conserve natural resources in a sustainable manner, always mindful of economic, social, and environmental concerns.

Both the Arizona Envirothon and NCF Envirothon programs encourage working in partnership with natural resource management professionals, the education community, and the general public.  These programs strive to create an effective multidisciplinary educational tool that will help our state’s schools to nurture environmentally aware students; meet an immediate need to teach more environmental education; and to recognize students, grades 9-12 who achieve excellence in natural resource management, knowledge and skills.

Our hope is that participants will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of how individual actions affect natural resource issues; the interactions and interdependencies of our environment; current natural resource issues; agencies available to assist them in resource protection matters; and the need to become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults.

A Brief History...

Pennsylvania leads the way

In 1979, the Pennsylvania Soil and Water Conservation Districts created an “Environmental Olympics” competition as an approach aimed to encourage high school students to become interested in natural resource conservation and environmental issues. The Environmental Olympics, later shortened to Enviro-Olympics, quickly gained popularity as a hands-on outdoor competition designed to challenge and test each student’s knowledge of soils, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues.

For nearly a decade, the Pennsylvania Enviro-Olympics program demonstrated its ability to promote environmental literacy and supplement education in grades 9-12. The program quickly grew in size to include participation by 40 conservation district teams at the 1987 Pennsylvania State Enviro-Olympics, providing greater visibility for the program and stimulating the interest of neighboring states.

In 1988 the program became known as the Envirothon. That year, teams from Ohio, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania competed at the first National Envirothon hosted and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts.

Arizona joins the Envirothon

Arizona Envirothon was established in 1997 by representatives of several agencies and organizations throughout Arizona, including the Agua Fria-New River NRCD, Arizona Association for Learning in and about the Environment, and the Phoenix Zoo. That same year Canon U.S.A., Inc. began supporting the Envirothon In 1998, Arizona Envirothon held its first competition with six teams. In 1999, eleven teams competed. In both years, the Arizona team won first place in the Canon Envirothon. Each member of the winning team received a $2,500 scholarship.

Historically, Envirothon funding came from local conservation districts, state conservation committees, state, federal and provincial conservation organizations, and provincial forestry associations. In 1997,
Canon U.S.A., Inc. began supporting the Envirothon program and, in 1999, became the title sponsor until 2013. The program currently operates under the name NCF-Envirothon as part of the National
Conservation Foundation (Washington D.C.).


National Conservation Foundation (NCF)- Envirothon is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America and China (2016). With generous sponsorships from local conservation districts, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Forestry Associations, the National Association of Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Smithfield Foods and many others, the Envirothon has
proven to be an exciting and useful tool for incorporating natural resource education into high school classrooms.


More than 50,000 students across the United States and Canada are positively influenced by the Envirothon each year. And now, the Envirothon is displaying promise in becoming international in scope
as more countries such as Mexico, Turkey, Japan, and Australia are showing interest in the program. Arizona State Envirothon is proud to be a part of the incredible history of this important environmental
education program.

What Is Envirothon?

The Competition

The Briefing 

Ecostation Testing

Oral Presentation

Awards
Scoring and Placement

The winning team from the Arizona Envirothon is sent on a weeklong expense-paid trip to the NCF Envirothon competition.  The team is provided with room, board and travel to attend the competition, held annually in July/August in a different sponsoring state or Canadian province.

More than 44 states and 8 Canadian provinces participate in this prestigious event – this is truly the “best of the best.”  The top teams are awarded scholarships ranging from $1000 – $3000 per student.

*Adapted from the draft National Standards for Environmental Education (NAAEE), August 1995 draft.

 

Registration

Thank you for your interest in registering for the 2021 Envirothon. To complete your registration please download the full application here, fill it out completely, and return it to us by mail.

** Please Note: In accordance with Arizona State Envirothon Rules and Procedures, each team must consist of five members from the same school/organization.

The registration application must be received by Arizona Envirothon no later than January 8, 2021, in order to be officially registered for the 2021 Arizona State Envirothon competition. All applications must include:

  • Team Registration Form

  • Student Registration & Consent Forms

  • Code of Conduct Forms

  • Coach/Chaperone Registration & Release Forms

  • Photocopies of insurance cards (front and back)

  • $25/ person Non-refundable registration fee

Mail To: Arizona Envirothon P.O. Box 60964, Phoenix, Arizona 85082

Please contact Rodney Held at 480-250-8786 or azenvirothon@gmail.com if you have any questions regarding the event or completing the registration forms.

A training workshop will be held January 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  For more information please contact Rodney Held at azenvirothon@gmail.com.

Thank You Sponsors

Click the link below for sponsorship information and benefits.

Chairman's Club

$10,000+

Ecologist Circle

$2,500

Naturalist Level

$25+

Executive Circle

$5,000

Golden Eagle Level

$500
 
  • CAP

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Waste Management

  • APS

  • Arizona Association of Conservation Districts

  • AZ Chapter – Soil & Water Conservation Society

  • Big Sandy NRCD

  • Creative Plants

  • Smithfield Foods

  • SWCA Environmental Consultants

  • West Pinal NRCD

  • Agua Fria-New River NRCD

  • Salt River Project

  • Tucson Electric Power/UniSource Energy Services

 

Executive Committee

Rodney Held, Program Chair

Salt River Project

Dawn Reddick, Fundraising Committee Chair

Smithfield Foods

Jeannette Fish, Public Relations Committee Chair

Maricopa County Farm Bureau (Retired)

Karen Schedler, Testing & Education Committee Co-Chair

Natural Teacher, LLC

Linda Diamantides, Vice-Chair

Ecologic Solutions

Pamela Justice, Awards Committee Chair

University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension, Maricopa County

Christine Brehm, Site Committee Chair

Desert Botanical Garden

Doug Green, Testing & Education Committee Co-Chair

Arizona State university

Contact Us

Rodney Held, Program Chair

Linda Diamantides, Program Vice Chair

Mailing Address

Arizona Envirothon
PO Box 60964
Phoenix, AZ 85082

Jeannette Fish, Publics Relations Chair

602-703-7808

azfishpond@msn.com

Shayla Hughes, Webmaster

 

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