The Envirothon® is a multi-level program consisting of in-class curriculum with hands-on outdoor field experiences, where students can learn natural resource management techniques from natural resource professionals. At all levels of competition, the Envirothon program encourages students to think critically and creatively about the natural world and their place in it.
The NCF-Envirothon is a program of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF), a 501(c)3 organization that works to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. The NCF-Envirothon Operating Committee is appointed by the NCF to provide support, guidance, expertise and more on the direction of the NCF-Envirothon program and competition.
Working in partnership with conservation agencies, organizations and educational institutions, Envirothon programs are organized and conducted across the United States, Canada and China each year. These state/provincial/partner nation programs are the first level of the broader NCF-Envirothon experience.
Extensive organization and planning are required at all levels to ensure the success of the Envirothon . All organizational levels of the Envirothon program must work together to promote the program, raise funds to cover program expenses, organize and conduct Envirothon competitions, and recruit advisors and teams to participate in the program.
National Conservation Foundation
The mission of the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) is to identify and advance strategic programs and partnerships to deliver conservation solutions through locally led conservation and to develop the next generation of conservation leaders. The vision of the National Conservation Foundation is to support delivery of locally led conservation and to create future conservation leaders.
To learn more, visit: National Conservation Foundation
NCF-Envirothon Operating Committee
The NCF-Envirothon Operating Committee is comprised of elected representatives from the five Envirothon regions in North America: Southeast, Northeast, Far West, Mid-West and Far North, as well as one representative from the National Conservation Foundation board. The Operating Committee provides recommendations to the NCF Board of Trustees regarding the direction of the NCF-Envirothon program. They work to update educational guidelines and curriculum, as well as competition frameworks to aid the states and provinces in better serving their educators and students.
The Operating Committee is comprised of 11-13 members, with two members appointed from each of the five Envirothon regions (10) and (1-3) at large members. The purpose of the Operating Committee is to:
- provide recommendations to the NCF- Executive as requested
- assist the host state/province in promoting, organizing and conducting the Envirothon international competition
- encourage the recruitment of teams and the development of state, provincial, local/regional programs and competitions
- seek new activities and educational materials for training advisors and teams
- develop rules and policies for conducting the program.
To learn more, visit: NCF-Envirothon Operating Committee Members
State, Provincial and Partner Nation Envirothon Programs
The Envirothon program is structured to allow participating states, provinces and partner nations maximum flexibility to individualize their programs to suit local needs and opportunities. Each state, province and partner nation have their own Envirothon committee that acts as a governing body, making decisions and establishing the policies and administrative structure for their local program with guidance from the NCF-Envirothon.
Each participating states/provinces/partner nation will hold an annual competition, usually in the spring of the year, to tests their students in the areas of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, wildlife and current environmental issues. Within some states and provinces, the local Envirothon program will include smaller “regional” or “area” competitions that serve as qualifying events for their state/provincial competition. Each year the winning team from each state/provincial/partner nation Envirothon competition is then eligible to attend the NCF-Envirothon Annual International Competition to compete for scholarships and recognition.
To learn more about the State, Provincial and Partner Nation Envirothon Programs, or to find the Envirothon program where you live, click on the below links: