What is Wisconsin Envirothon?


Founded in 1988, the annual Wisconsin Envirothon is a combined effort of educators and natural resource professionals who provide hands-on, outdoor coaching and testing. Wisconsin Envirothon is our state’s ultimate middle and high school environmental science challenge. Teams of five high school or five middle school students participate in outdoor field challenges designed by natural resources professionals and educators. The day-long event is an excellent opportunity for students to develop leadership and communication skills that champion a more sustainable and environmentally aware community.

“Envirothon is a wonderful experience for anybody who is thinking about a career in natural resources or just want to know more about the world they live in. I had so much fun participating and learning. I recommend this experience for anybody.”

WI Envirothon 2024

To start Earth Week, 18 teams gathered on a blustery spring day to test their conservation knowledge and skills. First-time participants, Cedarburg High School took the title of Overall winner in the High School competition and will represent Wisconsin at the National Conservation Foundation-Envirothon taking place this summer in upstate New York. 

Learn more about this year's event, browse more photos, and view a complete list of winners and sponsors. 

2024 Results

2024 Sponsors

How does Envirothon work?

Teams take exams based on four categories: Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils & Land Use, and Wildlife.

  • Aquatic Ecology - Students work with water resource professionals to learn about aquatic ecosystems, identify aquatic organisms, discuss watershed management, and determine nonpoint source pollution.
  • Forestry - Forestry educators and professionals identify practices for the maintenance of healthy forests and teach the basics of species identification, forest structure, and sustainable management approaches.
  • Soils and Land Use - Professional soil scientists help students learn about soil structure, interpret maps, evaluate land forms, and discover soil characteristics that affect agriculture and development issues.
  • Wildlife - Wildlife experts provide students with hands-on practicum and tracking knowledge regarding animal populations, their dynamics, and the importance of habitat conservation.

Additionally, teams create group presentations based on a pre-selected, topical conservation issue that local conservation professionals are dealing with across the state. Field professionals and educators challenge students to work as a team exploring facets of current environmental topics. The Current Issue Team Presentation helps students articulate today’s critical environmental concerns and develop the skills to communicate the conservation ethic in whatever scholastic, career, or civic choices lie ahead. (Current Issue Team Presentation)

The overall high school winners will advance to the National Conservation Foundation Envirothon to compete for scholarships and prizes.

Get Involved

County Support

Your $55.00 contribution will provide the tools necessary for Wisconsin students to be part of tomorrow's important environmental solutions.

Review the county dues form to see how you can help.

Become a Sponsor

The Wisconsin Envirothon relies on the generous volunteer and financial support from County Land and Water Conservation Departments, dedicated public agencies such as the WI Department of Public Instruction, enthusiastic schools and many local and national businesses.

To learn more about our current sponsors and giving opportunities, visit our sponsors page and see the sponsorship overview.

If you are interested in sponsoring the upcoming Wisconsin Envirothon, contact contact Kim Warkentin.

Become a Volunteer

The Wisconsin Envirothon is a program of the WI Land+Water’s Youth and Education Committee. This unique event is made possible by the many generous volunteers made up of natural resource professionals and educators.

If you are interested in volunteering on the Youth and Education committee to help plan upcoming events, contact Kim Warkentin.

Start a Team

Organize a team of four or five high school students and one advisor who are interested in science and the environment. The advisor can be a teacher, FFA leader, 4H leader, Land Conservation Department staff member, or parent.

For rules and more information please read the 2024 Advisor Handbook.

For decades, Wisconsin Envirothon has inspired the next generation of conservation professionals. 

“I am always amazed at the well-rounded career experience the students learn from competing in this competition. It gives students the opportunity to utilize tools and skills used in the field of these careers in natural resources and environmental sciences. It is truly preparing them for their futures.”