The Georgia Envirothon is an annual competition for high school and middle school-aged students. The program consists of one-day regional competitions held in March and a two-day state competition held in late March or early April. The number of teams participating at regional competitions is unlimited. The top three scoring teams in each region (and the next three highest regional scoring teams) compete at the state competition to represent Georgia at the NCF 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.
At the Georgia 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 Issue.
The resource materials for each testing station are developed by state and federal agency personnel with an expertise in forestry, wildlife, soils, water, and the current environmental issue. These materials reflect an expansion of generalized environmental knowledge into subject specific, hands-on, competitive activities that draw students deeply into environmental education. Federal and state personnel help provide in-the-field instruction to both teacher-sponsors and Envirothon teams.
At the regional competition, each team is subject to a 45 minute written test conducted by cooperating agencies and/or independent environmental professional at each station. The tests are comprehensive in nature, are ecosystem based, and reflect the scientific methodology utilized in each field. Teams are expected to be familiar with common field instrumentation.
Each year, the Georgia Envirothon features a different current environmental issue for station testing. The actual issue is chosen by the NCF Envirothon and represents a well-researched and documented current environmental issue.
Examples of current environmental issues chosen for NCF Envirothon events include:
Urban Non-Point Source Pollution
Introduced Species and Their Effect on Biodiversity
Agricultural Land Conservation and Preservation
Natural Resource Management in the Urban Environment
To find out the current environmental issue for this year's competition, visit the Current Competition section of the website, and for the current environmental issue for upcoming competitions, visit the Future Competition section.
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 Georgia Envirothon strives to challenge and promote the development of oral communication skills in each student participant, which is why the oral presentation is the test of the current environmental issue at the state competition.
Immediately following the last regional competition, qualifying teams will receive the current environmental scenario problem. Teams will prepare their solution to the problem prior to their arrival at the state competition. Oral presentations are conducted in front of a panel of 3-4 judges. Each team has 12 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 orally 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 Georgia Envirothon is used to evaluate each team's performance in the Current Environmental presentation. The score sheet is to be used as a guide in preparing teams for the oral presentation at the state competition.
East - Green
West - Yellow
South - Orange
Below are the learning objectives for the 4 core units, Forestry, Soils, Water, and Wildlife. The learning objectives for the Current Environmental unit is included in the unit’s study materials.
Students will learn:
State and Regional Coordinators
Gregg Jameson, NRCS
Soils and Land Use
Steve Smith, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services