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The Virginia Envirothon is a natural resources competition for high school students. Students work in teams of five. Teams can be created through school clubs, classes, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, local nature centers etc.  The only requirements of a team are a minimum of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone.

  • The Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a local competition each year.

  • The teams are tested on their knowledge of natural resources – soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue.

  • Written and hands-on problem solving is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy for addressing an environmental issues problem.

  • The winner at the local competition advances to the area and potentially the state competition.

  • The state winner represents Virginia in the National Envirothon.


We have expanded the program to include middle school teams as well.  Middle school teams would be competing in soil, aquatics, forestry, and wildlife.  They would not be competing in the special topic or the oral presentation.

If you are interested in forming a team or would like more information on the local Eastern Shore competition, contact the Education Director, Julie Head at (757) 302-4433.

Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District Local Competition:
  • Training Day: February 13, 2024 @ Painter AREC
  • Testing Day: March 19, 2024 @ Painter AREC
Area VI Competition- hosted by Eastern Shore Soil and Water Conservation District:
  • Area VI Testing: April 2, 2024 @ VIMS in Wachapreague

2024 Program Current Issue Topic

"Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future"

2024 Oral Presentation Problem: Click Here

The learning objectives of the Virginia Dominion Envirothon correlate with the National Science Standards and the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Click the links below to find the Learning Objectives for each Envirothon subject area:

Eastern Shore SWCD Dominion Envirothon Competition Local Training Day:

The local Training Day sponsored by the Eastern Shore SWCD was held on February 13, 2024 at the Painter AREC. Over 20 local high school students from both Accomack and Northampton Counties participated consisting of teams that represented Northampton High School, Broadwater Academy, and Chincoteague High School.

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