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What is Envirothon?

The Envirothon is an annual environmental competition for middle and high school students. Students compete in teams of 5 to test their knowledge of the natural environment.  Students in Middle School and High School are eligible to participate.  Each team must have a Team Advisor.

The Southern Piedmont Envirothon is a qualifier for the NC State Envirothon.  The Southern Piedmont Envirothon consists of the following Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties.  The event will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (middle school competition) and on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 (high school competition) at the Catawba College Center for the Environment located in Salisbury, NC.  The top 7 teams for middle school and the top 7 teams for high school with the highest cumulative point total will advance to the State competition.

The NC Envirothon is a qualifier for the Canon Envirothon.  The NC Envirothon consists of teams from every participating county in North Carolina.  This two-day event will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, 2014 at Cedar Rock Park located at 4242 R Dean Road in Burlington, NC.  The 1st Place high school will advance to the North American Envirothon.  The NC Envirothon is the highest level for middle school.

The North American Envirothon consists of every team from qualifying states in the United States and Canada.  This week-long event will be held on July 20-24, 2014 at the University of Georgia located in Athens, Georgia USA.

2013 Southern Piedmont Envirothon Team Winners (Mecklenburg County):

6th Place Winner for the High School Division are The Zorbots of Myers Park High School.  Team Advisor is Chad Groncki.  Team Members are Alex Griffith, Charlie Heard, Emery Lovekamp, Julia Maund, Will Morrill, and Claudia Yatzka .  The team was among the Top 7 to advanced to the State Envirothon Competition in Burlington, NC. 

8th Place Winner
for the High School Division are The Earlthlings of Ardrey Kell High School.  Team Advisors are Jason McCutcheon and Pamela Weghorst.  Team Members are Abrar Al-Shaer, Sarah Cortinas, Caroline Jones, Claire Morris, and Alejandra Ospina.

10th Place Winner for the High School Division are The Green Green Globes of Ardrey Kell High School.  Team Advisor are Jason McCutcheon and Pamela Weghorst.  Team Members are Ann DeBernardo, Justin Hong, Thaddeus Hubble, Soonmin Hwang, and YeBon Lee. 

Deadline to Register for the 2014 Southern Piedmont Envirothon:
Study Material will be available in September 2013.  The deadline to register is on November 30, 2013. 

The MSWCD staff is here to work with teams to prepare them for the competition. 

If you would like to participate, e-mail Anganette Byrd.

The competition is designed to:

  • Promote a desire to learn more about the natural environment and develop knowledge and skills to apply the basic principles and practices of resource management and ecology.
  • Promote stewardship of natural resources and develop critical thinking skills, cooperative problem-solving skills, and decision making skills of students to balance the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
  • Provide students with experience in environmentally oriented activities to enable them to become environmentally aware, action-oriented citizens.

Teams are tested on their knowledge of:

  • Aquatics
  • Current environmental issues
  • Forestry 
  • Soils
  • Wildlife

Please click on the NC link to view and download study material:

North Carolina Envirothon

Canon Envirothon (National)

The Mission of the Cannon Envirothon® is to develop knowledgeable, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work towards achieving and maintaining a natural  balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.


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