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Envirothon is a national, academic, outdoor competition for high school students, which is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources.  The Envirothon tests students' knowledge of natural resources in five categories:  soils, wildlife, forestry, aquatics, and current environmental issues.  Students compete through team problem solving activities.  While each student on an Envirothon team is challenged to contribute his or her personal best, the score
 that counts at the end of an Envirothon is the team score.  

Five Area Envirothons are conducted around Ohio in late spring.  The top four teams from each of these Area competitions progress to the Ohio Envirothon in June.  This state level contest is held in a different part of Ohio each year.  The top-scoring team in the Ohio Envirothon is eligible to compete in the international Envirothon, hosted by a different state or province every year.  

If you would like to start an Envirothon team at your school, please contact Natalie Gertz-Young 
at the District office. 

Links to more information

Envirothon North America

Ohio Envirothon


    2018 Area II Envirothon

    Wednesday, April 26, 2018
    Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds 
    19201 E. Bagley Road 
    Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

    Take the Envirothon Challenge in 2018!

    2018 Team Registration Form

    2018 Release Forms

    2018 Advisor Activity Request Form

    2019 Area II Envirothon

    Date and location To Be Announced


    2018 Ohio State Envirothon

    Area 4

    June 11-12, 2018

    Cedarville University, 

    251 N Main St, 

    Cedarville, OH 45314



    North American Envirothon

    2018  NCF- Envirothon  

    Pocatello, Idaho

    July 22 - July 26, 2018

    Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship


    Idaho State University
    921 South 8th Avenue

    Pocatello, Idaho 83209 

    July 22 - July 26, 2018


    Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views (2018)

    Western rangelands include prairies and grasslands, sagebrush steppes, and woodland areas.  Rangelands comprise more than 40% of the total productive land base in the western U.S.  Rangelands sustain an abundance of forage for both livestock and wildlife, as well as providing aesthetic beauty enjoyed by many.  Rangeland resources are a critically important ecosystem component of the western US  landscape and are a vital economic factor for many agricultural producers. 

    Western rangeland management objectives include grazing, timber harvest, recreational uses (including hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, etc.) and mining.  Western rangelands are diverse and rich in natural resources and provide an essential fresh water source for all of the western U.S. Public land managers and agriculturalists work to protect these resources to ensure their sustainability for generations to come. 

    Envirothon Teams will learn about the importance of western rangelands, and the need for balance in management planning.  Livestock producers are an important economic driver in the western US, sustainably utilizing the rangelands to maintain a living and produce a valued product. As good stewards of the land, most livestock producers work to protect natural resources, including sage grouse habitat and prevent catastrophic wildfire.  Differences of opinion on management strategies of western public rangelands have resulted in escalating friction between Non- Government Organizations  (NGO’s), political representatives, federal land managers, and permittees.  Disputes arising from this diversity of opinion often end up in the judicial system, through expensive and lengthy litigation.  This process does not lead to timely and effective land management decisions, nor does it foster good working relationships between stakeholders.  Federal land managers are placed in a difficult position, charged with consideration of multiple and often conflicting views, and are often seen as capitulating to one or other groups with extreme views. It is important that public rangelands be managed in consideration of all environmental, social and economic objectives, so as to provide the widest possible range of benefits.  A key factor in developing the best possible management strategy is honest and effective communication between stakeholders.  

    Envirothon teams will learn how Best Management Practices are used to protect western rangelands, improve grazing management schemes, promote pest management, reduce uncontrolled wildfires, and improve habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife.  Information provided and site visits will demonstrate the importance of finding the optimum balance between natural resource protection and agricultural use on western public rangelands.

    Key Topics:

    1. Grazing is a popular tool in western rangeland management. How can this tool be used to help manage the ecosystem?
    2. What can management strategies help to reduce the spread and impact of noxious weeds?
    3. How can western rangeland management have a positive impact on fire suppression, and how can the lack of management be a negative impact on fire suppression?
    4. How can western rangeland management be used to maintain a balanced plant community to support livestock, sage grouse, as well as other wildlife and land uses?
    5. How can rangeland managers balance livestock production (grazing) with the maintenance of water quality?
    6. How can stakeholders with different values and opinions improve communication and working relationships to develop improved rangeland management strategies?

    Learning Objectives:

    Information and examples provided will help Envirothon Teams understand the following:

    1. Characteristics and location of rangeland in the Western United States and how it is currently managed.
    2. The percentage of land in the west that is federally controlled and allows multiple resource use.
    3. Ways to protect water quality within western rangeland management.
    4. How grazing is used as an effective management tool to control noxious weeds, reduce catastrophic wildfires, and improve wildlife habitat.
    5. The current Best Management Practices (BMPs) for western rangelands and how they support livestock production, pest management, fire suppression, and wildlife habitat maintenance.
    6. How different ecosystems (wetland, riparian, and upland areas) within the rangelands interact.
    7. How the use of the land by humans, domestic livestock, and wildlife affects the plant community.
    8. The rights of private landowners and citizens’ related to public land.