The Utah Natural Resources Competition Event motivates students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address the complex issues and challenges associated with the management of natural resources while empowering them to be active and involved citizens.
UTAH NATURAL RESOURCES COMPETITION EVENT
Utah Natural Resources Competition Event is held annually in April. This event includes a “current issue presentation” and test stations in the areas that include: Forestry, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Soils/Land Use, and a current issue.
This event is open to:
- School & District Teams
- 4-H Clubs
- FFA Chapters
- Boy Scout Troops
- Girl Scout Troops
- And any other youth serving organization
The event serves as the Utah State Qualifier for four national natural resources competitions. The team with the highest overall point total qualifies to represent Utah at the National Envirothon. The FFA team with the highest overall point total will represent Utah at the National FFA Natural Resources Competition. The team with the highest overall point total for the Forestry Station will represent Utah at the National Forestry Invitational. (Note: The team must be registered as a 4-H Team.) The team with the highest point total for the Wildlife Station will represent Utah at the National Wildlife Habitat Education Program Contest. (Note: The team must be registered as a 4-H or FFA Team.)
Registration will open February 1, 2020. The 2020 Utah Envirothon will be held April 17-18, 2020 in Wasatch County. More information to come.
Current Issue- Water Resource Management: Local Control and Local Solutions
All participants and team advisor must be enrolled as a club in your county through 4-H Online.
The Utah Envirothon serves as the Utah FFA Association State Environmental and Natural Resources CDE. The highest ranking FFA team will represent the Utah FFA Association in the National FFA Environmental and Natural Resources CDE at the National FFA Convention later that year. The team members competing at the National FFA Convention qualify for State Winner Travel Assistance funds, just as all other CDE winners.
Please be aware that the Envirothon allows 5 member teams and the National FFA CDE only allows a four member team. Our FFA state rules specify that “Only four members of the state winning team will be eligible to compete in the National CDE. The fifth member of the Envirothon team is not eligible to compete in future State Environmental and Natural Resources competitions.”
The Utah Envirothon is recognized as a FFA State Career Development Event but is not planned, supervised or administered by the Utah FFA Association.
Below you will find helpful resources for preparing your team to compete at the Utah Envirothon.
Originating in 1979, the “Environmental Olympics” first event was sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts and included three conservation districts. By 1988, the idea caught on and the first national competition was held.
Today the program has grown to include approximately 55 states and Canadian provinces and is North American’s largest high school environmental competition.
Utah held its first annual Envirothon in 1998, thanks to the Utah Association of conservation Districts, which agreed to commit annual seed money and staff support. Each year the statewide competition is held in the spring.
Committee is being revised. Check back for updates.
Program Coordinator, Utah Agriculture in the Classroom
Sponsors & Donors
Utah Conservation Districts
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
Utah DEQ, Division of Water Quality
Utah Conservation Commission
STEM Action Center
Utah Farm Bureau
*Utah State University College of Agriculture
*Southern Utah University, College of Science
*Brigham Young University, College of Science
USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service
UACD Women’s Auxiliary
Casper’s Ice Cream
2018 Utah Envirothon
First Place Overall Winner: Snow Canyon High School. Andrea Schmutz, Advisor
Team Members: Pyper Schmutz, Cash Schmutz, Ruby Bolton, River Christensen
2017 Utah Envirothon
First Place Overall winner of the 2017 Utah Envirothon is Sky View High School, Dave Erickson, advisor.
Team members: Travis Kunzler, Trishelle Schenk, Katie Goodsell, Madison McKendrick and Preston Pierce.
Second Place, Terra Academy from Vernal, Utah. Colleen Jones, advisor.
2016 Utah Envirothon
First Place winner of the 2016 Utah Envirothon was Wasatch High School's Envirothon Team, Matt Sproul, advisor.
Team members: Shay Reed, Dane Robinson, Sierra Curtis, Talia soleil, Bryn Dayton, Christian Rigby.
2nd Place winner of the 2016 Utah Envirothon was Salem Hills High, Brad Shuler, advisor.
National Events & Programs
International Conservation Foundation Envirothon - www.envirothon.org
The NCF-Envirothon Competition is an annual event which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition is centered on four universal testing categories (i.e., soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, and wildlife) and a current environmental issue.
The Envirothon program is an effective educational tool, capable of supplementing
environmental education both inside and outside the classroom. Led by a volunteer
advisor, teams usually meet from late autumn until spring. Teams work collaboratively
to develop their knowledge of ecology and natural resource management and to practice
their environmental problem-solving skills in preparation for Envirothon competitions.
National 4-H Foresty Invitational - http://4hforestryinvitational.org/
The National 4-H Forestry Invitational is the national championship of 4-H forestry.The purpose of the invitational is to develop an appreciation for the importance of conserving forestland as a source of products, benefits, and services necessary for quality living. 4-H foresters learn citizenship and leadership skills as well as practical forest management skills through participation in three days of competition at the 4-H Forestry Invitational; consequently, young people will be better prepared to own forestland or deal with environmental issues in the future.
* Note this event is only open to 4-H Teams
Skills and knowledge events include:
Topographic Map Use
Forest Insect and Disease Identification
Forestry Written Exam
FFA Environmental and Natural Resources CDE - www.ffa.org
Individual and team activities in the Environmental and Natural Resources CDE include a national and global issues interview; environmental and natural resources problem solving; soil tests and profiles; air and water analysis; GPS use; waste management; and more.
*Note: This event is open to FFA members only
- 4 Participants per team
- Information on Utah CDE - click here
Wildlife Habitat Education Program - https://www.whep.org/
WHEP is a hands-on environmental education program. WHEP also provides participants an opportunity to test their wildlife knowledge in a friendly competition, as each state supporting WHEP conducts an annual contest where teams of 3-4 similarly aged individuals gather. The winning high school senior (ages 14-19) WHEP team from each state earns the right to attend the annual National WHEP Contest, typically held the last full week of July. The national contest moves to a different state each year.
* Note this event is only open to 4-H or FFA members
- Studying a science-based manual, participants:
- Learn wildlife terms and concepts
- Learn about wildlife habitat
- Learn how to judge the quality of wildlife habitat
- Learn about wildlife habitat management practices
- Learn about wildlife damage management