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.
2021 Envirothon Contests
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).
• Registration sign up – A team captain email is required for each team. Registration Form
• Test Instructions
• iNaturalist information (below) – Encouraged participation during winter break
• Special Topic this year is Water Resources Management. A study guide on this and all topics are available on the Envirothon website at: www.nrdnet.org/nebraska-envirothon
Hands-On Activity – NCF-Envirothon iNaturalist Project
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!
Central Region Contests
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.
Your Contacts: Marcia at email@example.com (308) 385-6282 | Larry Schultz at firstname.lastname@example.org (308) 728-3221
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.
Sponsors/supporters of the state Envirothon: Smithfield Foods – Omaha, Lincoln & Crete campuses, FYRA Engineering, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Midwest Laboratories, Nebraska Forest Service, Farm Credit Services of America, Platte River Recovery Implementation Program, HDR, Olsson Associates, Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources.
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The state winner will go on to represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation contest. National Conservation Foundation Video: NCF National Envirothon
Note: Schools may register to compete at ANY regional contest, allowing schools the flexibility on what location and date they’d like to compete; however, schools may only compete in one regional contest per year.
-Forming Teams: There are no limits on the number of teams from each school taking part in the regional contest. The regional competition is during FFA District competitions, however, FFA membership is not a requirement– science clubs, Scouts, 4-H, FFA, and other 5-member teams can enter.
-Tie-Breaker Rule: There is a tie-breaker question for each contest to determine a winner. The tie-breaker question will be a pre-selected question from the Aquatics section of the contest.
Visit the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts website for the Study Guide and other Envirothon information.