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
Below you’ll find the tentative dates for when the in-person regional Envirothon contests would normally be if paired with FFA agriculture education contests. Due to uncertainty of COVID guidelines this spring, districts are planning out a few weeks in advance since some community colleges have not confirmed FFA using the facilities.
Regional Test Date Envirothon Region Location FFA District
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 Western Region Gordon City Hall, Gordon District 12 Dates
Feb. 3-5, 2021 (Online Only) Metro Region Chalco Hillls Recreation Area, Omaha N/A
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 Mid-Plains Region Valentine High School District 9 Dates
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 Southeast Region Southeast Community College, Beatrice District 1 Dates
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Northeast Region Northeast Community College, Norfolk District 3 Dates
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Central Region Central Community College, Columbus District 2 Dates
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 Mid-Plains Region NE College of Technical Agriculture, Curtis District 11 Dates
If in-person options are not available, online testing is scheduled for Feb. 3-5, 2021.
Central Region Contests
The Central Platte & Lower Loup NRDs host the Central Region contests. 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 to be held on April 28. (Location TBA) The winner of that contest will go on to represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) contest to be held July 25 – 31 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.