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Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon T-Shirt Contest

The Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon is an annual competition where high school students work together as a team of five students to answer questions about natural resources. To showcase the current issue theme of the Envirothon; 9th-12th graders from around Virginia are invited to compete to design the T-shirt that will be worn at the 2020 Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon State Competition.

Students are encouraged to submit a design showcasing the current issue theme-

Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions.

The winning entry will be used for the 2020 T-Shirt that teams will wear at the Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon State Competition. Student entries will be judged by Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts staff. The student with the winning design will receive $50.00 and two of the printed T-Shirts.  This contest is open to public, private, or homeschooled students in grades 9-12.

Click here for an Entry Form and here for the Design Criteria

Deadline for submissions is March 27th, 2020.


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The Virginia  Dominion Energy 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 Energy 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 solving 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 Bonnie Mahl 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: 

Information about the Dipoloma Seal- Science and the Environment, which Envirothon students could earn, can be found here

Envirothon Resources

The Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon 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.

For the 2020-2021 Envirothon Program Year, all testing will occur virtually.
We will be using the testing platform ClassMarker.   Click here to try a wildlife practice test using the ClassMarker platform.

Online Resources & Upcoming Trainings

Virginia Dominion Energy Envirothon YouTube Playlist

Virginia Herpetological Society Fall Symposium

2021 Current Issue Resources             

Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions 


Key Topic #1: Understanding how groundwater and surface water systems function.
Key Topic #2: Understanding the importance of water quality and quantity as a foundation in a healthy ecosystem.
Key Topic #3: Understanding a variety of water quality indicators in different landscapes.
Key Topic #4: Understanding a variety of water quantity indicators in different landscapes.
Key Topic #5: Understanding how sustainable and best management practices enhance and protect water quality and quantity for humans and wildlife.
Key Topic #6: Understanding the differences of local, regional, and national systems that manage natural resources and the importance of each in water resources.
Key Topic #7: Understanding the social, economic, political impacts of natural resources management and decision making.

For Resources and Learning Objectives, please click the corresponding Key Topic

Current Issue Resources

Virginia Office of Water Supply

Virginia Water Supply Plan 

Map of Aquifers in the United States 

EPA Source Water Protection (added March 17, 2020)

Area II Training Resources –
Regional Water Supply Management
Water Supply Planning In Virginia

Current Issue Resources List

Area III Training Resources
Current Issue Power Point (added March 10,2020)

Aquatics Power Point (added March 10, 2020)

Sample Envirothon Test Questions

Envirothon Coaches Handbook

Aquatics Resources

Aquatic Curriculum Guidelines   updated November 2019 

Forestry Resources

Forestry Curriculum Guidelines updated November 2019

Soils Resources

Soils Curriculum Guidelines updated November 2019 

Wildlife Resources

Wildlife Curriculum Guidelines  updated October 2020