Nebraska Envirothon

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April 3, 2020


WASHINGTON – Today, the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) and the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) announced the cancellation of the 2020 NCF-Envirothon to protect the health and safety of the general public and to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The annual event was slated for July 26 to Aug. 1, in Lincoln, Nebraska.

“This was not an easy decision, but our primary concern is the health and safety of the students, as well as the general public, and we feel it’s in the best interest to cancel the 2020 NCF-Envirothon Nebraska event at this time,” said NCF Chairman Steve Robinson. “We know that many students look forward to this competition and are truly sorry for this turn of events; however, we hope students stay engaged in the Envirothon mission, and we encourage them to look ahead to preparations for next year.”

The top priority for the organizers is the health and safety of students, advisors, volunteers, sponsors and education partners.

“The NARD’s goal, first and foremost, is to protect the health and safety of the general public and do whatever we can to assist in controlling the novel coronavirus,” said NARD President Jim Eschliman. “While the cancellation is a disappointment, our dedication to environmental education and protecting lives, property and the future through natural resources management remains strong. We look forward to welcoming NCF-Envirothon competitors to Nebraska in the future.”

The NCF-Envirothon is an environmental and natural resources education competition, reaching more than 25,000 high school students across the United States, Canada, and China annually. The hands-on competition is held outdoors to give students a chance to take their classroom learning and apply it in a natural setting.

To protect public health, many local state and provincial Envirothon competitions have also been canceled across North America, including Nebraska’s state competition. The NCF, NARD and other state/provincial Envirothon program leaders continue to follow recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“We thank the participants and volunteers for their ongoing dedication to the program, and we wish them and their families good health through these difficult times,” Robinson said.

Teams that have already registered to compete at the 2020 NCF-Envirothon will receive a full refund. Questions about the NCF-Envirothon can be directed to NCF-Envirothon Program Manager Jennifer Brooks at (800) 825-5547 or by email at

To learn more about the NCF-Envirothon or the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts, visit: or

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.

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 (308) 385-6282  |  Larry Schultz at (308) 728-3221

2019 Newsletter  | 2019 Special Topic: Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World.
Study Guides for each topic: 

Teams that score the highest at each regional contest are invited to the Nebraska State Envirothon to be held on April 24th at Pibel Recreation Area near Ericson, NE. The winner of that contest will go on to represent Nebraska at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) contest to be held July 28th – August 2nd.

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.

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are hosting the 2020 NCF Envirothon!   SPONSOR the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon when Nebraska hosts it in 2020! We’re raising $350,000 in order to bring the best and brightest science and ag students to Nebraska! Click here for sponsorship information and opportunities!

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.