About Colorado Envirothon
In 1979, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Pennsylvania created an “Environmental Olympics” competition to encourage engagement of high school students in conservation and environmental issues.
Quickly becoming popular as a hand-on, outdoor competition to both challenge and test participating student’s knowledge of key issues facing our world, the program grew to enough participation by others in the conservation and environmental communities, state-by-state, and became known as Envirothon and held the first National Competition for state winners in 1988.
Colorado Joins the Envirothon Circle in 2012
Colorado Envirothon was established in 2012 through the cooperative efforts of representatives from several agencies and organizations throughout Colorado. The first Colorado State Envirothon Competition was held in May 5, 2013.
Colorado’s Annual State Competition
Colorado Envirothon is a statewide competition aimed to encourage high school students to become interested in natural resource conservation and environmental issues. Each year students in teams are challenged through competition to test their knowledge regarding key issues facing and affecting us all, as well as a current issue facing Colorado conservation and environmental efforts.
2016 Colorado Envirothon Line-Up
The 2016 competition will be held in Douglas County, April 26-17. Entry fee will be $100 per team, though first year teams are granted a waiver. (See Full Rules and Regulations at Colorado Envirothon website)
Teams are responsible for their own lodging, transportation and meals. Colorado Envirothon will pay for the winning team’s entry fee, travel, meals and lodging to the National Competition on July 24-July 29 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. This also includes the team’s sponsors fees.
2016 Team Criteria & Topics
The competition is for students in grades 9-12. Teams can be created from organizations (i.e. 4-H club, FFA club or any other sanctioned local, regional, state or nationally recognized club that sponsors youth in grades 9-12), and/or school classroom Teams.
Teams are made up of 4 to 5 members and an alternate.
There are 5 Resource topics:
- Soil and Land Use
- 2016 Topic- Invasive Species
The competition consists of Station Rounds and Resource Concern Team Presentation. The Colorado team winner will move onto the National Competition.