In Montgomery County, the Conservation District hosts a FREE Envirothon event for high schools, middle schools and elementary schools. This is a great field trip opportunity! The high schoolers compete in teams of five to test their knowledge of environmental issues and the natural world. The winning team moves on to the state level to compete for college scholarship money.
Middle school teams receive an interactive learning experience and compete by solving an environmental problem in a given scenario. For the elementary level, we focus on the basics of environmental education to spark a scientific curiosity in the natural world. All participants receive event swag, and prizes are awarded to the winning teams.
High School: Wednesday, April 26
Register teams of 5 students each from grades 9-12.
Middle School: Wednesday, May 3
Register teams of 5 students each from grades 6-8 (some flexibility allowed).
Elementary School: Wednesday, May 10
Register a whole class from grades 4-5! Limited to 35 students per school.
Want to help support this free event for local schools? Consider making a donation today!
Envirothon Donation Form
Each team must have at least one coach (teacher, parent, advisor) to accompany them throughout the day.
This is an outdoor activity and will be held rain or shine.
To ensure Envirothon is fun and safe:
- Please bring a bagged lunch.
- Dress appropriately for outside activities (sneakers, boots, rain gear).
- Sun screen, insect repellant and hats are recommended.
- Alternative hand cleaners are recommended (wet wipes, hand sanitizer).
- Light colored clothing makes the detection of ticks easier.
- Bring extra pencils!
Rules and Regulations
In addition to general rules for the PA Envirothon, please familiarize yourself with the rules specific to Montgomery County events.
Congratulations to the 2016 Envirothon Champions! >See Photos
1st – Perkiomen Valley High School
2nd – Lower Merion High School
3rd – Souderton High School
1st – Arcola Intermediate School
2nd – Pennbrook Middle School
3rd – Spring-Ford 7th Grade
The Pennsylvania Envirothon educates high school students in natural resource and environmental sciences. The program emphasizes the importance of environmental sensitivity while stressing a need to achieve a social, ecologic and economic balance in life. The learning objectives emphasize awareness, knowledge, attitudes and application. The Pennsylvania Envirothon provides future generations with the ability to be better equipped to address the complex natural resource concerns facing today’s world as well as the challenges of tomorrow.
The Envirothon program began in Pennsylvania in 1979 with three counties participating. Today, over 10,000 students participate internationally, and the program has grown to include almost every county in Pennsylvania. The first place team of the high school county event is sponsored at the Pennsylvania State Competition. The three highest ranking teams of the PA Envirothon and North American Envirothon are awarded college scholarships.
2016 Current Topic
Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship
The Pennsylvania Farmer has played an important role in the efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Pennsylvania makes up 35% of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Susquehanna River is the largest tributary to the Bay and the actions of the farms in the Bay Watershed play a critical role in the health of its waters. This year’s Current Environmental Issue focuses on Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.
Although great strides in reducing pollution have been made over the last decades, nearly one-quarter of Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams currently suffer from pollution. Contaminated runoff from agricultural, urban, and suburban areas, sewage treatment plants, septic systems, and even air pollution contaminate Pennsylvania’s streams and remain the leading sources of Pennsylvania’s pollution to the Bay.
Envirothon participants will learn about Pennsylvania’s natural resources and engage in hands-on training and testing. Students will learn the basic concepts of how agricultural Best Management Practices and all natural resource areas are interrelated. By providing a lifelong learning experience for these students, the Envirothon teaches the importance of maintaining a balance of the quality of life versus the quality of the environment specifically relating to agriculture. In addition, as part of the Envirothon program, students gain an understanding of the importance of promoting soil and water conservation stewardship.
To prepare for this topic, visit paenvirothon.org.
PA Envirothon Newsletters
For more information, please contact:
Montgomery County Envirothon Coordinator
North American Envirothon: www.envirothon.org
PA State Envirothon: www.envirothonpa.org