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Area IV Envirothon

An Outdoor, Academic, Environmental Competition for High School Students

What is the Envirothon?

What is the Envirothon? YouTube 5:20 min.

The Ohio Area 4 Envirothon is a competitive, academic, outdoor team event for high school students which tests their knowledge in five areas:  Aquatic Ecology, Current Environmental Issues (CEI), Forestry, Soils and Wildlife.  The event is designed to stimulate and reinforce the students interest in our environment and our natural resources while encouraging cooperative decision making, team building and problem solving.   

Students who participate gain a greater awareness of natural resources and environmental issues, a better understanding of interrelationships between living and non-living components of the environment and an increased interest in further science study. Teams consist of five members from the same school and though each student contributes his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of the day is the TEAM score.

The four top scoring teams then progress on to the State Envirothon Competition where the winning team then goes on to compete in the North American Envirothon Competition.

The Area 4 Envirothon encourages young people to become action-oriented members of society and promotes the spirit of inquiry, competition and excellence.

An Introduction

Environmental interest has shown steady growth in the past years. More and more people of all ages are taking the time to get educated and to get involved in activities to protect and promote our natural resources.

The Envirothon, designed to take youthful curiosity one step farther, is all about getting involved and getting educated. It is our hope as resource professionals to push the minds of young people to realize the interrelationship of all living things and to look toward the future of resource management.

The Area IV Envirothon is one of five Area Envirothons to be held throughout the state. From here, winners proceed to the State Envirothon where they are given the opportunity to advance to the National Envirothon.

Test Questions and study material for the Envirothon are prepared and assembled by natural resource professionals from a variety of agencies, organizations, universities, and businesses. These individuals also staff the various resource stations at each competition.


The Envirothon is a competitive, academic outdoor event for high school students. The program has a number of goals and objectives, including:

  • to promote greater awareness of natural resources and environmental issues

  • to heighten understanding of the interrelationships between plants, animals, humans and the environment they share

  • to increase student interest in further environmental and natural history study

  • to celebrate the spirit of competition and excellence

  • to encourage young people to become action oriented members of society

  • to interest students to explore natural resource environmental careers


By preparing for and participating in the Envirothon, students will develop interpersonal skills by working with other student team members in cooperative decision making and problem solving.

Students will also meet professionals from a variety of federal, state, and local natural resource conservation and management agencies and organizations and private industry. Students will benefit from exposure to various approaches to environmental questions. They will also have an opportunity to learn more about environmental career opportunities and responsibilities.

What to Expect on the Day of the Event.
  • When you arrive at the Envirothon, please do not unload students until after an Envirothon Committee Member confirms you are registered.

  • After unloading, teams will be directed to an area to have team photographs taken.

  • Then, teams should gather with the other participants at the large tent just off the parking lot.

  • The event will start with orientation, then the teams will divide into groups to head to testing.

Typical Event Timeline

8:00 - 9:15 am Registration and Photos

9:15 - 9:40 am Program Orientation

9:50 - 10:15 am Station #1

10:20 - 10:45 am Station #2

10:45 - 10:55 am Snack break - apples provided

11:00 - 11:25 am Station #3

11:30 - 11:55 am Station #4

12_00 - 12:25 pm Station #5

12:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch break and final scores tallied

1:00 - 1:30 pm Awards presentation

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