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Interested in starting a team?  Let us know! 

Staff Contacts:

Brenda Williams  brenda.williams@chathamnc.org
(919) 542-8440 

2019 Contest Dates: 


NC Area 3 Envirothon:

March 26, 2019 at Elon University

Registration Due By February 8, 2019



 2019 NC Envirothon:May 3-4

Cedarock Park, Burlington, NC


*Chatham County students: Middle School Study Guides and High School Study Guides are now available.

*Chatham County residents and teachers: If you are interested in becoming an advisor for an Envirothon team, look into the Envirothon School for Advisors and Teachers!

What is Envirothon? The Envirothon program is a hands-on environmental science and natural resources competition for middle school and high school students.  Teams consisting of five students complete training and testing in five subject areas: Aquatics, Soils, Wildlife, Forestry and Current Environmental Issues.  Having five students allows for each to "specialize" in one particular area of study.  To get an idea of what happens at an Envirothon, watch this video.

Who can participate? Any public or private school, homeschool group, scout group or 4-H club can participate.  The middle school level is grades 5-8 and high school level is grades 9-12. FFA can have 3 teams per school to participate in the Area contest.

Who sponsors the Envirothon? The NC Envirothon program is sponsored by the 96 local soil and water conservation districts, the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation.  Locally, the Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors the program for Chatham County students.

Who should I contact to get more information? Interested groups should contact the Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District, Brenda Williams to receive instructions, registration materials and resource study guides.  The District can assist your team with setting up special training sessions with local resource professionals in the five areas of study.  These resource professionals are key to providing the teams with the hands-on knowledge component of the tests.

What are the levels of competition? Chatham County teams first compete at the Area III Piedmont Envirothon event held each year usually in late March at Elon University.  The top seven teams at the Area competition qualify to compete at the State Competition.  This is usually held the last weekend (Friday and Saturday) in April at Cedarock Park in Alamance County.  The winner of the NC Envirothon will be our state's representative at the North American Envirothon (national competition), which typically happens in late July or early August.  Locations for the North American Envirothon have included Asheville, NC; Fresno, California; and New Brunswick, Canada.