The NC Envirothon has been providing quality education and enrichment opportunities to North Carolina students for 25 years. A leader in natural resource, ecology and environmental education, the Envirothon has been helping to develop NC’s leaders for the future. In 1990, the NC Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (NCASWCD) decided to participate in the Envirothon, along with the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts and Maine. As a result of that decision, the NCASWCD formed the NC Envirothon committee to develop and run the program on behalf of the NCASWCD. The first NC Envirothon competition was held in 1991 with just 5 teams participating. Today, over 290 teams across the state participate each year in the NC Envirothon program.

The program boasts a successful history of providing hands-on environmental and natural resource management education to students, empowering young people with the competencies and motivation vital to achieving and maintaining a natural balance between quality of life and the of the environment.


Provide and promote leadership in the knowledge of natural resources by offering a quality education program in: soils/land use, forestry, aquatic ecology, wildlife/habitat and current issues to the teachers, students and citizens of North Carolina.


That all students have a basic, scientific knowledge of natural resources to help them become environmentally aware citizens who are able to make good decisions as adults.

Goals & Objectives:

  1. To promote a desire to learn more about: the natural environment, our natural resources and solving natural resource problems.
  2. To promote stewardship of our natural resources.
  3. To develop critical thinking skills, cooperative problem solving skills, and decision making skills of students in the protection, management and wise use of our natural resources.
  4. To provide students with experience in environmentally oriented activities to enable them to become environmentally aware, action oriented citizens.
  5. To introduce students and teachers to natural resource agencies and their personnel.
  6. To get students interested in pursuing a natural resource field of study in college and advanced education.