Since 1991, NH Envirothon has inspired teens to make responsible environmental and natural resource decisions through real-world, hands-on educational experiences. Many students step away from the Envirothon experience excited about learning and motivated to pursue careers in environmental studies, environmental law, natural sciences, and natural resource management.
Every year, volunteer advisors coach teams with assistance from local conservation districts, forestry associations and participating natural resource agencies. Students are tested on their knowledge in five topic areas: aquatics, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife and current environmental issues. Through the program, students develop an understanding of effective teamwork, resource management and ecology. At the same time, they gain valuable exposure to a range of diciplines while exploring possible career paths. Winning teams from each participating state and province advance to the North American Envirothon for an opportunity to compete for recognition, scholarships and prizes.
Envirothon is an amazing cross-curriculum project, impacting not only the sciences but history and cultural studies as well. Teachers, homeschool parents, scout and group leaders can build a team. Some educators involve a whole class, others advise teams of five members as a club or after school activity. Open to all high school students, a team may be sponsored by a school, homeschool group, agricultural association, scout, or community service group.