The Georgia Envirothon held its first competition in April 1995 after 4 months of intensive planning by the fledgling Georgia Envirothon Council. The council itself held its first meeting in December 1994 after a phone barrage of state and federal agencies by Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School science teacher Terry Seehorn. There were nine teams in the first competition which was held on the picturesque Rabun Gap-Nacoochee campus. Stone Mountain High School was crowned champion of the inaugural competition and represented the state in Idaho at the National competition. The budget for the original competition was a little more than $4,000.
Since 1995, the competition has grown to include three regional competitions in addition to the state competition. Team participation has expanded to as many as 50 teams. Historically, funding has come from grants, team registrations, and sponsorships.
The Georgia Envirothon, offered in cooperation with the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1995 and governed by a 9-member Council which consists of representatives from state, federal, and regional agencies, educators, and environmental education organizations. For a list of current Council members, go to Envirothon Council Members. The program is volunteer run and has been consistently supported with personnel from the following agencies and organizations: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resource Division, Georgia Forestry Commission, Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
Each year, the Georgia Envirothon touches and positively influences the lives of more than 300 young people across the state. The number will continue to grow as more teams become involved. We encourage new schools that have never participated to join the Georgia Envirothon and experience things first hand!