The Envirothon is an environmental and natural resources education competition, reaching more than 25,000 high school students across the United States, Canada, and China annually. The Nebraska Envirothon is a competition designed for high school students (9th-12th grades) to test their knowledge about the environment.
Five-member teams compete on the regional level in seven areas of environmental studies: soil, aquatics, forestry, policy, wildlife, range, environmental policy, and current issues. For the state competition, an oral presentation, on a topic selected by the North American Envirothon Committee, is added to the testing stations.The state and national hands-on competitions are held outdoors to give students a chance to take their classroom learning and apply it in a natural setting.
Despite the pandemic, Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are committed to hosting the Envirothon in 2021.
The Regional Envirothon will take place from February 3-5 through virtual testing. The online tests will cover seven resource areas – wildlife, soils, policy, forestry, range, aquatics and a special topic (water resources management).
Engage your students during winter break by getting them back into nature! The NCF-Envirothon iNaturalist project is an exciting distance engagement opportunity designed to help continue the hands-on, experiential learning that is foundational to the Envirothon program. For more information about the project, including how to join, click here!
The Central Platte & Lower Loup NRDs co-host the Central Region competition. Your school may compete at ANY regional contest; however, you may only compete in one regional contest per year. NOTE: Flexible Testing Flexible times are allowed for students competing in District Ag sessions.
Teams that score the highest at each regional contest are invited to the Nebraska State Envirothon. The winner of that contest will go on to represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) contest to be held July 25 – 31, 2021, at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation is the annual sponsor of the Nebraska Envirothon. The NARD Foundation gives $1,500 to 1st place winning team, $1,000 to 2nd place, and $500 to the third-place team. Each team must use the money to enhance their high school’s Envirothon and natural resources & agriculture programs. The winning team can also use it to help pay their way to the international competition. Each team member on the winning team is also awarded a $500 scholarship by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to be used towards a major in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.
Land Judging is a high school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of soil structure and land evaluation. Land Judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize the physical features of the soil, determine land capability for crop production, and evaluate management practices needed for proper stewardship. Soil, land and home-site evaluation provide a setting for students to investigate the soils in their region, the environment that surrounds them and their effect on their daily lives. There are three divisions as part of the contest – students, adults, and professionals.
During the competition, students judge four soil pits using an evaluation card to make assessments on: soil depth, surface texture, permeability, slope, thickness of surface and erosion. Each evaluation card is scored and added together to determine overall scores for individuals and the team. In order to compete in the state contest, teams advance from one of the seven regional competitions hosted across the state in October.
Range Judging Contests are high school competitions that provide students opportunities to have fun while becoming better educated on sustaining the yield of rangeland products by enhancement and protection of the range resources of soil, water, and plant and animal life. The Range Judging season consists of six regional events followed by a state contest.
The contest rotates to different counties each year and tests participants on range plant identification, rangelands and plant community change, and range condition.