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Virginia’s Dominion Envirothon Teacher Training-2017 Program Introduction

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Virginia’s 2016 Dominion Envirothon state contest will include a training opportunity for all Envirothon educators.  A Coach Training- including a 2017 Current Issue Introduction will be held May 16, 2016 at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg.

Register for the event by May 6, 2016.

Cost:  $8.00 includes program materials and lunch (includes taxes/processing fee).  All fees must be paid in advance, no later than May 6th.

Check-In & Parking:University Commons.  The training session will be held at the Suter Science Center. For any questions contact Beth Sokolik. Purchase your ticket below!

Draft Agenda:

8:15-8:20AM: Registration, University Commons

8:30AM-11:30AM: 2017 Current Environmental Issue Review-Science Center

Agricultural Soil & Water Conservation Stewardship-Lead by Natural Resources Conservation Service & The Shenandoah Valley SWCD

11:30AM-12:00PM: Review of 2016 State Tests

12:20-1:15PM: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Top two scoring oral presentations & Virginia’s Dominion Envirothon State Competition Awards


Virginia Dominion Envirothon Teacher Training Registration


includes lunch (taxes/processing fee included)


After payment you will be re-directed to the registration page. If not click HERE.



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What is the Envirothon?972204_592879197413518_1320032193_n

The Virginia Envirothon is a team based natural resources competition for high school students.  Students who participate learn stewardship and management concepts  and work to solve real world environmental problems.  The program is field-oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.  Click Here for a video overview of the Dominion Envirothon competition!

Who makes up a team and what do they do?

970272_592880654080039_1904586811_nStudents work in teams of five.  Throughout the school year students prepare to compete at the local level, qualify to then compete at the area level and the top three teams from the six Soil & Water Conservation District areas in the state compete to be the  State Winner.  These teams of high school students are tested on their knowledge of natural resources-soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and a current environmental issue.  Students visit five “in-the-field” test stations where written and hands-on problem sovling is required along with an oral presentation formulating a strategy to address a specific environmental issue they’ve been presented with.  The event is competitive but education is the bottom line.

983851_592882107413227_1321143054_nTeams can be created through school clubs, classes, home school groups, 4-H groups, scout troops, local nature centers etc.  The only requirements of at team are a minimum of five students and one adult advisor/chaperone.

Additional Resources & Information:

Want to get involved?

For additional information, contact Beth Beran at the VASWCD office at (804) 559-0324 or email:

Virginia’s Envirothon program is also supported through the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. Proceeds from the sale of the Bay license plates help citizens keep the bay healthy by restoring wetlands, planting buffers around waterways, promoting marine life restoration, decreasing pollution and providing educational programs like Envirothon.  To purchase a Bay license plate visit: 

Envirothon Resources

The Enivrothon program is a natural resource competition for high school students. To learn more about the Envirothon program visit the program page.

The following links and resources are shared to assist Envirothon teams preparing for competition. Each resource supports the Envirothon learning objectives and information from these items are therefore subject to inclusion on the competition test.  Please use these links as supplements to the resources and links found within the Curriculum Guidelines. Current issue/Oral presentation problem resources and other station resources are updated on a regular basis.


2018 Current Issue Resources

(Updated 11.14.17)

Learning Objectives: 2018 Current Issue Learning Objectives

Sample Envirothon Test Questions

Envirothon Coaches Handbook


Aquatics Resources

Aquatic Curriculum Guidelines

Forestry Resources

Forestry Curriculum Guidelines

Soils Resources

Soils Curriculum Guidelines

Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Curriculum Guidelines