Envirothon Challenges Teens Across Virginia
This year, the Dominion Energy Envirothon gave more than 1,800 high school students from across Virginia the chance to hone their science skills while studying nature in the great outdoors. During April, students representing 105 high schools, as well as ecology, 4H or scouting groups, gathered at one of six state parks to participate in the regional leg of the field-based natural resources competition.Each Envirothon consisted of six “in-the-field” test stations – soils, wildlife, aquatics, forestry, special topic, and an oral presentation of the group’s solution to an environmental issue. Teams were challenged to answer questions in written and hands-on formats and are judged by industry and natural resource professionals.
Eighteen teams, from three state regions, were chosen to advance to compete in the statewide 2017 Dominion Envirothon being held at Virginia State University May 21-22. The first-place state winners will go on to the national level, where they can compete for scholarship money and prizes.
Dominion Energy has been the primary state sponsor of the Envirothon since 2012, providing funds to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, or VASWCD, for the events. VASWCD is a private nonprofit association of 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts promoting the conservation of natural resources through stewardship and education programs. Learn more about Envirothon.