Contests & Competitions


The Envirothon is a fun, hands-on, natural science academic competition for teams of middle and high school students sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts with help in organization and implementation from the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation. The Envirothon helps develop environmentally aware citizens who can assume future leadership roles. Subject areas studied are: Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues. For more information, please visit The N.C. Coastal Envirothon page and the N.C. Envirothon page.

  • Grades: Middle School and High School
  • Open to all public, private, and home school students, church groups, clubs, 4H, scout troops, and FFA programs
  • Important Dates:

Regional Contest: TBD (usually mid-March)

State Contest: TBD (usually April)

Annual Conservation Creativity Contests

Participate in the NC Soil and Water Educational Contests, including Poster, Speech and Essay contests on a particular theme each year! These contests give students an opportunity to explore soil and water conservation through art, writing, and public speaking. Educational Contests focus on a soil or water theme each year and align with NC Essential Standards. These contests are a great way to reinforce concepts learned with a homework option or extra credit. Students can compete locally through the school and county competitions. First place county winners will advance to the Soil and Water Area 6 competition. Top winners from all eight Soil and Water areas compete at the state level for cash prizes.

Contest Themes

2022 through 2023 "Water…The Cycle of Life"

Types of Contests & Age Groups

Poster Contest: Grades 3 through 5 (ages 8 to 11) Students create an artistic representation of the theme on poster board

Essay Contest: Grades 6 through 12 (ages 11 to 18) Students write a 300-500 work essay on the contest theme

Speech Contest: Grades 6 through 12 (ages 11 to 18) Students deliver a 4 to 6 minute speech on the contest theme presented to a panel of judges

Computer Designed Slide Show: Grades 6 through 12 (ages 11 to 18)  Students design a digital presentation using 15 slides or less

Please contact us for more information and to get your school involved!

Official Rules & Entry Forms

Supporting Documents & Programs

Important Weblinks