The Virginia Envirothon, a recognized outreach program supported by the state legislature in code, is a natural resources competition through which high school students around the Commonwealth compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. In preparation for the event, teams of students spend the year studying soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife, and a current specific environmental issue. Students also apply their knowledge of these topics and problem solving skills through an oral presentation in which they solve real-life environmental problems.
The Virginia Envirothon Academic competition was established in 1995. Since then, Envirothon has been awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Petroleum Council. Additionally, the Commonwealth of Virginia has repeatedly placed in the top 15 overall teams at the National Envirothon competition. The 2006 Virginia team placed first at the national competition and placed sixth in 2007. The 2009 team placed eighth, the 2010 team placed in the top half of 55 teams from across the United States and Canada in their first visit to the National competition. In 2011 our students took home a 7th place finish and in 2012 the Virginia team placed 8th overall and 1st place in the aquatics topic. Each team member received a $1,200 scholarship. To view the hall of fame of Envirothon winners since the programs inception download –ENVIROTHON-Winner-Hall-of-Fame
Envirothon has undoubtedly increased public awareness and personal improvement on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay and all of our local watersheds. Students also gain an understanding of our food sources and need for better protection and conservation of our environment.
By incorporating the Envirothon curriculum into classrooms, Soil and Water Conservation Districts in Virginia and across the nation are taking a notable lead in responding to the public school system’s need for a strong, hands-on approach to environmental education.
Beginning with the 2011-2012 Envirothon program, Dominion Resources became the flagship supporter of the program. (Press Release) Fueled by Dominion Resource’s generous sponsorship, the Envirothon program will undoubtedly continue to grow. Cindy Balderson, Philanthropy Manager for Dominion Power and The Dominion Foundation shared the excitement of the new partnership stating, “We believe the students’ participation in Envirothon activities will prepare them for college and beyond, as they study environmental issues and become advocates and stewards of our natural resources.