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What is the Envirothon?

The West Virginia Envirothon is a conservation education program and competition for students in grades 9 through 12. The West Virginia Envirothon focuses on five subject areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental topic. By participating in the Envirothon program students learn about West Virginia's diverse ecosystem and how they can help conserve and protect it for future generations.

How can I participate?

To participate in the West Virginia Envirothon, you must first put together a team of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone. Teams can be created through school clubs, home school groups, classes, 4-H groups, scout troops, etc. The next step is to register your team for the upcoming West Virginia Envirothon, get your study materials and prepare for the competition. Teams are tested on their natural resource knowledge, skills, and problem-solving abilities.

2015 West Virginia Envirothon

April 16-17, 2015 at Camp Caesar

2015 Team Info and Registration

2015 Advisor Checklist
Team Registration Form
Campfire Registration Form
Medical/Parental Consent Form

Policy and Procedures

WV Envirothon Policy and Procedures

West Virginia Envirothon Study Materials

Aquatics | Forestry | Soils | Wildlife

2015 West Virginia Envirothon Fifth Topic

2015 Fifth Topic Scenario

Fifth Topic Training Materials
Why Topping Hurts Trees
Pruning Mature Trees
Pruning young Trees
How to Prune Trees
Why hire an arborist
2014 Capitol Tree Inventory Map
2014 Capitol Tree Inventory Data (Excel)
2014 Capitol Inventory Zone Map
2014 Capitol Planting Table
The Costs of Managing an Urban Forest

Additional 5th Topic Training Materials

Oral Presentation Rules

Teams will have to turn in their posters when they register. The posters will be given to the teams at the time scheduled for their 15 minute practice session. to receive full credit, presentations must be between 5 minutes and 7 minutes. Points will be deducted according to the score sheet if they take less time. Teams will be stopped at 7 minutes. This will allow time for a three minute Question and Answer session with the judges.

    Poster Rules and Regulations
  • 1.  3 posters, can use front and back, white poster board only, size 22x28 inches only (nothing larger or smaller)
  • 2.  Any media, Flat surface, 2 dimensional only, no 3 dimensional posters
  • 3.  3 X 5 inch notecards can be used to read from; cannot be used as visual aid
  • 4.  No add-ons, nothing to increase 22x28 inch size, no flipcharts, pull-outs, etc
  • 5.  Absolutely no props. Pointer and easel will be provided. This prohibits the use of electronic equipment (computers, smart phones, etc.)
  • 6.  No team, school, county, district, or personal names on posters
  • 7.  No identifying clothing to be worn, Envirothon t-shirts required
Posters not adhering to rules and any props will be confiscated. Points will be deducted for infractions of rules 6 and 7 (see score sheet).

Top Five Presentation
The top five teams will give the same presentation as the previous day, complete with 3 minute Question and Answer period. After that, each team will be asked the same bonus question. Teams will have up to three minutes to confer on an answer, and one minute to provide the answer.

At the end of the competition, all posters not picked up will be recycled.

Additional Information and Resources

Envirothon Flier
Envirothon PowerPoint
Envirothon Brochure
Envirothon Overview
Scholarship Guidelines

NCF Envirothon

(click image to visit NCF Envirothon Website)

2015 NCF Envirothon
July 27-August 2
Missouri State University
Springfield, MO.

National Student Video Contest

Win cash prizes by creating a short video on a global challenge impacted by population growth. All high school students are eligible to enter. Submission deadline: February 19, 2015. For more information, please visit www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest/

Want to get involved?

For additional information, contact John Sencindiver by email at jsencindiver48@gmail.com or by mail at
West Virginia Envirothon
742 Airport Rd.
Sutton, WV 26601


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