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General Info

The NC Envirothon is an annual competition for high school and middle school students. The program consists of one-day area competitions held in March or early April and a two-day state competition held in late April or early May. The number of teams participating at area competitions is unlimited. The top seven (7) scoring teams in each area, plus the top scoring FFA team, compete at the state competition to represent NC at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon, a 5-day competition held in July or August. The NCF Envirothon hosts teams from participating states and Canadian provinces who have won their state or provincial event. Teams at the NCF Envirothon compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.

Station Training and Testing

At the NC Envirothon, teams are evaluated on their performance at each of the following training/testing stations: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues.

The resource materials for each testing station are developed by resource professionals with expertise in forestry, wildlife, soils, water and current environmental issues.

Each team is subject to a 25 minute written test overseen by cooperating agencies and/or independent environmental professional at each station.

Oral Presentations

Being able to orally communicate natural resource material is crucial in addressing environmental problems/issues, particularly in situations where collaborative efforts are required to develop practical solutions and effect change. The NC Envirothon strives to challenge and promote the development of oral communication skills in each student participant, which is why the oral presentation is included at the state competition.

Teams will receive and have 65 mins to prepare their solution to the problem on Day One (1) of the NC Envirothon competition. Oral presentations are conducted in front of a panel of 5 judges. Each team has 10 minutes to deliver their presentation to the panel of judges followed by a three-minute question and answer period. Each team receives a score that represents the average of the judge's scores and is based on the overall quality of their presentation, their preparation and presentation of a plan, and their application of relevant data to the resource issue/problem (see Judges' Scoring). All team members must participate equally in the presentation.

One of the best ways to prepare for a competition is to increase your understanding of the judging criteria. The score sheet used at the NC Envirothon is used to evaluate each team's performance in the Oral Presentation and can be used as a guide in preparing teams for the oral presentation at the state competition.

Schedule of Events
The schedule of events each year may vary slightly. Below is the tentative agenda for both High School and Middle School competitions:
High School

*TENTATIVE* High School Teams schedule


11:30 - 4:00    Team Registration

1:15 - 1:25      Early Welcome and Orientation for HS teams

1:40 - 1:55      Team Welcome and Orientation for HS teams

2:00 - 6:35      Station Training / Oral Presentations for HS teams                         


8:00 - 9:15 Registration

9:15 - 9:40 Final Instructions to Teams

9:45 - 12:15 COMPETITION for HS

10:00 - 11:30 Teacher Workshop

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch for all (Pizza)

12:00 - 1:15 Test Questions and Answers for HS

1:30 - 2:00 High School Awards Program, Announce Top Three (For O.P. Finals)

2:15 - 4:00 Oral Presentation Finals (30 min each)

4:00 PM Final Place Announcements, Awards to Top Teams

Clean Up, Pack Up and Travel Home


Middle School
*TENTATIVE* Middle School Teams schedule

11:30 - 4:00 Registration

11:00 - 1:45 Recreational Activities and/or Nature Walks

2:00 - 2:25 Team Assembly & Final Instructions for MS

2:30 - 5:45 Resource Station Training for MS teams


8:00 - 9:15 Registration

8:00 - 8:30 Guide & Volunteer Orientation

8:45 - 9:15 Assembly & Final Instructions

9:15 - 11:45 COMPETITION for MS

10:00 - 11:30 Teacher Workshop

11:45 - 12:45 Lunch for all (Pizza)

11:45 - 12:45 View Test Questions & Answers for MS

12:45 - 1:15 Middle School Awards Program