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.
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 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.
2019 Central Region Contests
Two contests will be held in the central region this year in conjunction with the District Agriculture Education Contests.
Monday, Feb. 18 Central Community College in Grand Island.
Monday, March 4 Central Community College-Platte Campus in Columbus.
Seven regional Envirothon contests are held around the state. Teams scoring the highest in those contests are invited to the Nebraska State Envirothon.
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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.