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6-12th grades

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The NC Envirothon is a Challenge Cup and Joe Childers Scholastic Cup Partner for The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities (NCASA).


The NW, NC, and National Envirothon is an exciting natural resource education program designed to challenge students in an interactive, outdoor competition where middle and high school teams (consisting of 3-5 students) are tested in areas of Wildlife, Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Soils and Land Use, and Current Environmental Issues.

23-24 Details

General Information:

The Envirothon program is a competitive event for a five-member high school team or a three to five-member middle school team to compete in a natural resources knowledge and ecology field day against other high school and middle school teams. It stimulates, reinforces, and enhances students’ interest in the environment and our state’s natural resources. Resource subject areas are Soils/Land Use, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatic Ecology, and Current Environmental Issues.

The seven top-scoring high school teams and the seven top-scoring middle school teams in the Northwest Envirothon will be eligible to compete in the State Envirothon (high school teams must consist of five members). The top-scoring high school FFA team from Area 2 will automatically advance to the State Envirothon competition.


The Who, When, Where, and Weather:


General Info
Who When Where & Weather


The competition is open to ecology clubs, Girl/Boy Scouts, FFA Chapters, 4H clubs, home study groups, environmental groups, Vo-Ag groups, or any group interested in competing. Team members must be from the same school or the same county (if a “non-school” group). An advisor is required.

The Northwest Envirothon will be held at the Edwin H. McGee Natural Resource Center.


Middle School Day: Monday, March 18th, 2024

High School Day: Tuesday, March 19th, 2024.

Inclement Weather

Middle School: Tuesday, March 26th, 2024

High School: Wednesday, March 27th, 2024.


The competition will be held regardless of rainy weather. Wear/bring appropriate clothing (close-toed shoes, jackets, raincoats, etc.). If it is sunny, please consider sunscreen, hats, and insect repellant. In the event of extreme inclement weather, the decision to postpone will be made within 24 hours of the competition and information will be relayed via email. We will follow the Wilkes County inclement weather school closing policy.

Registration & Fees

Registration and Fees:

Registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 26, 2024


Fees: It's FREE to participate in the Northwest Envirothon. Each team must complete a registration form and submit it to Wilkes SWCD, Attn: Julia Hardy (via email or mail). It is advised that if you do not know the names of your team members yet, go ahead and register your team and fill in the names later. Name changes may be made through March 2, 2024.

When completing registration for your team(s) the following information will be needed to register your team.

1) Your local SWCD sponsor email (Wilkes: Julia Hardy –

2) Your Team Name(s)

3) Your School Name

4) Your Team Advisor’s Name, Address, Cell Phone Number, and Email Address

5) Each Team member’s name, grade, t-shirt size, gender, and ethnicity

Ready to register your team?



A resource station will be set up for each of the subject areas, usually in an outside setting. There the teams will be given an exam on each of the resource subjects.

Each test will have a 25-minute time limit and will consist of 25 questions, to be answered as a team and not by individual students. After finishing one station and at a set time, the teams will rotate to the next station. The test papers are graded and the scores are totaled to select the winners.

Winners will be announced at the end of day's event.



Contact Education SpecialistJulia Hardy!

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