Nebraska Envirothon

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Envirothon Competition Qualifies 14 Teams for State –
Nebraska High School Students’ Natural Resources Knowledge Shines

Between Feb. 3-5, Nebraska high school students competed around the state during a virtual regional Envirothon competition demonstrating natural resources knowledge by identifying trees, labeling fish anatomy and determining soil structure. In the Central Region, Ord and St. Paul teams qualified for state:
*Ord Instructors Dave/Johnny Ference, Team: Tye Bruha, Alex Flessner, Brodie Barnell, Treaven Scheideler, Vickie Ference and alternate Abby Jacobs.
*St. Paul Instructor Boyd Bowder, Team: Sam Thede, Nick Busse, Ben Feeken, Truman Beck and Kaleb Baker.
The winning teams from each Envirothon region as well as eight wildcards – selected based on their competition scores – qualify to compete at state. This year’s state qualifiers include:
Regional Winners/Wild Cards – School
Southeast-     Milford 1
Mid-Plains-     Arthur County
Central-           Ord 1
Metro-              Concordia 1 (Omaha)
Western-          Sidney 3
Northeast-       Burwell
Wild Card 1-    Norris 3
Wild Card 2-    Norris 1
Wild Card 3-    Pender 2
Wild Card 4-    St. Paul
Wild Card 5-    Ainsworth 1
Wild Card 6-    Tri-County 1
Wild Card 7-    Chambers
Wild Card 8-    Sidney 2
Traditionally, Nebraska’s six regional Envirothon competitions are hosted in conjunction with district agriculture education contests. Due to the pandemic, the contest went virtual with teams taking online, timed tests. High school students compete on five-member teams in seven environmental areas including: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range, policy and a current environmental issue.

Qualifying teams will compete at the Nebraska Envirothon, which is currently scheduled for Lake Wanahoo near Wahoo, Nebraska, April 28. During the state competition, teams compete in hands-on environmental testing stations as well as prepare and deliver an oral problem-solving presentation focusing on “Water Resources Management: Local Control, Local Solutions.”
The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation awards cash prizes to the top three teams at the state competition: • First Place: $1,500 • Second Place: $1,000 • Third Place: $500
The Nebraska Envirothon Steering Committee recognizes the extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19, and will follow guidance from federal, state and local officials regarding the virus and whether a virtual alternative of the State Envirothon will be necessary.
Learn more about the Nebraska Envirothon at


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:

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  (308) 385-6282  |  Larry Schultz at  (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.

Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts are hosting the 2021 NCF Envirothon!  

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.

Video: Sign-Up to Compete in Nebraska 




Advisor Training Videos available at:

(Scroll to the bottom of the page for videos.)

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.