The Envirothon is a problem-solving, natural resource education program for high school students. The concept was originally created by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts as an outdoor hands-on competition. From "Environmental Olympics," the concept expanded to other states. When the national competition was added in 1988, the name was changed to Envirothon. The continuing support of the program reflects the participation and support of the state conservation district associations and cooperating state and federal resource agencies.
The Envirothon stimulates, reinforces and enhances students' interest in the environment and our state's natural resources. In the field, teams of students are challenged to hone critical thinking skills and work together. Students answer written questions and conduct hands-on investigation of environmental issues in five categories:
- Soils and land use
- Aquatic ecology
- Current environmental issues
In addition to a written test, the teams also give an oral presentation solving a specific natural resource issue. Reference materials for students and teachers are available through local soil and water conservation districts.
Conservation districts with cooperating agencies, educators, community and interest groups conduct regional competitions. The top three teams at the regional competitions advance to the state competition, usually held in early May. The winning team represents Missouri at the international MCF Envirothon. For current competition information, visit the official Missouri Envirothon website.
2022 Missouri State Envirothon Winner
The Lindbergh High School Team A, from the St. Louis Region, earned the top score in the 2022 Missouri Envirothon.