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How do we balance quality of life and the quality of the environment?

Each year, over 25,000 high school students across the United States, Canada, and China embark on a journey to find creative solutions to this critical question through the NCF-Envirothon!

The Envirothon is an international environmental and natural resource problem-solving competition that builds leadership experience for high school students (grades 9-12 or ages 14-19). Incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles, experiential learning and hands-on outdoor field experiences, the Envirothon program encourages students to expand their knowledge and explore environmental education and natural resource conservation in the areas of Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues.

Emphasizing hands-on learning and real-world application of concepts, Envirothon students can be found getting their hands dirty in a soil pit, measuring the basal area of a forest, collecting macroinvertebrates in a stream to determine water quality, identifying wildlife tracks and/or signs and many other skills and activities used by environmental and natural resource conservation professionals. Students learn directly from these environmental and natural resource professionals, introducing the students to a wide array of higher academic study and careers in the environment, natural resources and conservation.

NCF-Envirothon is a program of the National Conservation Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that works to develop the next generation of conservation leaders.

To learn more about the Envirothon program and competition, visit The Competition section of this site.
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