New Jersey Envirothon
The annual New Jersey Envirothon is an exciting, hands-on outdoor competition that takes place in May each year in New Jersey. Teams of high school students prepare throughout the academic year with their advisors, studying soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues under the guidance of conservation partnership staff.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service works closely with the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts (NJACD), a lead sponsor of the competition and other environmental education activities in New Jersey. To find out more about the Envirothon in New Jersey, contact Richard Belcher at 609-633-2549.
2013 NJ Envirothon Soil Station Winners
Congratulations to Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST), Team #1, winners at the soils station at the 2013 New Jersey Envirothon.
Cayla Jordan, Grace McIlvain, Alexander Noonan, Emily Chen, and Alexandra Hansen accepted their award from New Jersey State Soil Scientist Richard Shaw and New Jersey State Conservationist Carrie Mosley. Team Advisor, Clare Ng, not pictured.
Participation at the Envirothon
The Envirothon consists of five separate categories and an oral presentation, listed below. Teams work together on hand-written and hands-on tests at each station. Study guides are available for each category.
More Envirothon information
Sponsors are always welcome. Funding for this wonderful program is limited and we encourage corporate, non-profit and individual sponsorship. Sponsors can participate by donating money, services or products such as lunch, tents, tarps, etc. For information on becoming a Sponsor visit the main NJ Envirothon Page.
The Envirothon competition was developed in the 1980's to encourage young people to learn more about natural resources and their management, and to consider going on to careers in the environmental field. In addition to test questions based on examination of soils, trees, fish, skeletal samples, and other natural resource materials, the teams must give a verbal presentation regarding an environmental issue. New Jersey's top conservation leaders serve as judges for this testing station, which is designed to enhance teamwork as well as critical thinking and verbal presentation skills.
This outdoor event is sponsored annually by a coalition of organizations including NJACD, the State Soil Conservation Committee of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, New Jersey's 16 Soil Conservation Districts, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Natural resource professionals from these organizations work together throughout the year to develop resource material study guides, local training sessions and the actual testing stations at the event.
For more information contact your local Soil Conservation District Office or Richard Belcher, NJ Envirothon Coordinator Phone: (609) 292-5540, Fax: (609) - 633-7229.