York County Envirothon
37 Years of Cooperative Environmental Education Programming
What is the Envirothon?
It’s the largest environmental education competition in the nation!
FUN FACT: York County is one of the few places throughout North America to offer the Envirothon beginning in the third grade.
Why participate in the Envirothon?
Because the Envirothon works! (…and it’s FUN!)
- Students have fun while learning teambuilding, sportsmanship, stewardship, and independent research skills.
- Many students pursue degrees and careers in conservation, agriculture, and environmental sciences.
How does the Envirothon happen?
It takes a village to run the Envirothon!
- York County Conservation District coordinates the Envirothon.
- Cooperating agencies work year-round with the Conservation District.
- Community sponsors & fundraising events provide financial support.
- Volunteers prepare study materials, teach students, and assist with event logistics.
How many students participate in the Envirothon?
Nearly 1,000 York County students participate in the Envirothon each year!
- Almost every school district in York County participates.
- Home-school associations and local charter schools participate.
FUN FACT: In some schools over 80 students may be studying all year to earn a place on their school’s team of just 5 students.
What do students study?
Conservation District creates a curriculum of study resources on our website each fall.
- Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife and a new environmental Current Issue each year. All resources meet our state or national science standards.
- Many schools use these age-appropriate study resources to add new educational materials to their current classrooms or libraries.
Is the Envirothon competitive?
Competition intensifies as students advance through grade levels.
- Lower grade events introduce students to the basic concepts of the Envirothon.
- Each student participates as part of a school team, studying their resources throughout the year.
- Students earn T-shirts and collector medallions at the county-wide competitions in late April & early May.
- Ribbons and trophies are awarded to the teams with the highest accumulated scores.
- Winning county Senior High team represents their county at the PA State Envirothon in late May.
- The team that wins the PA State Envirothon competition represents Pennsylvania at the North American Envirothon.
- Awards and college scholarship money are on the line for these top teams at both the state and North American events.