York County Envirothon

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 with cooperating agencies.
  • 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.

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.
  • Students participate on school teams, studying the resources throughout the year.
  • Students earn T-shirts, collector medallions, ribbons, and trophies at county competitions.
  • Winning county Senior High team represents their county at the PA State Envirothon in May.
  • The team that wins the PA State Envirothon competition represents Pennsylvania at the North American Envirothon with awards and scholarship money on the line.

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Envirothon

2022 Envirothon Competition Dates

Senior High EnvirothonApril 26, 2022

Middle School EnvirothonMay 3, 2022

5th & 6th Grade EnvirothonMay 4, 2022

3rd & 4th Grade EnvirothonMay 10, 2022

Envirothon Sponsorship

Our 2022 Sponsorship Drive is underway.

Become a sponsor today!

Bald Eagle Platinum Level – $5000

  • 4 tickets to Annual Awards Picnic
  • Recognition in our newsletter, press releases, social media, & website
  • Logo on Envirothon t-shirt*

American Chestnut Gold Level – $2500

  • 4 tickets to Annual Awards Picnic
  • Recognition in our newsletter, press releases, social media, & website
  • Logo on Envirothon t-shirt*

Elk Silver Level – $1000

  • Recognition in our newsletter, press releases, social media, & website
  • Logo on Envirothon t-shirt*

Brook Trout Bronze Level – $500

  • Recognition in our newsletter, press releases, social media, & website
  • Logo on Envirothon t-shirt*

Mountain Laurel Patron – $250

  • Recognition in our newsletter, press releases, social media, & website

Fill out the form below and we will contact you soon to process your sponsorship.

Sponsor Form – Download Print Version

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Paul Wilson $500 Conservation Award

Paul Wilson was director emeritus of the York County Conservation District (YCCD). He is considered one of the “Fathers” of the York County and Pennsylvania State Envirothon. Paul was also a highly respected member of the York County Izaak Walton League (IWLA), Chapter #67.

This $500 Annual Conservation Award is offered in his memory. The Award is open to any York County student who is a registered member of their 2022 Senior High Envirothon Team (Grades 9—12).

The award recipient will be chosen, prior to the competition, based on educational merit, involvement in conservation activities, personal/professional recommendations and student’s own statement of interest. Team placement in the 2022 Envirothon competition has no bearing on the award.

The award money may be used for any purpose that helps further the student’s interest & involvement in the conservation of our natural resources. This may include their college education, an internship, a summer conservation camp, registration or travel fees, the purchase of appropriate equipment,  or some other purpose to be applied toward their conservation activity.

Students may apply for this award before being accepted into a college, or for a summer internship or conservation camp, etc.

Deadline to Apply

April 8, 2022

How to Apply

Please complete the entire award application form below and return with all other requested support materials (please see checklist) to the appropriate address by the due date.

The winner will be announced following the 2022 Senior High Envirothon competition.

The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental learning experience that helps students become future stewards of our natural resources. The motto of the Izaak Walton League of America is “Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Waters and Wildlife.” With the vision of these organizations in mind, please type and submit a brief essay on why the conservation of natural resources is important to you.
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Please upload a letter of recommendation from your Envirothon coach. Letter of recommendation should include description of student's involvement in the Envirothon.
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Please upload a letter of recommendation from an additional adult.