The first New Jersey Envirothon was held in Mercer County in 1994. It was hosted by the Mercer County Soil Conservation District, and organized through a partnership of New Jersey soil districts, plus state and federal natural resource agencies. Inspiration came from our neighbors in Pennsylvania, where high school students had been gathering since 1979 to challenge their environmental knowledge and to explore potential natural resource careers. The early competitions were called the “Environmental Olympics”, later the “Enviro-Olympics”, and then the “Envirothon”. Neighboring states began to offer their own competitions, and the first “National Envirothon” was held in 1988. With the entrance of the first Canadian team in 1992, it became a North American event. Click here for a detailed history of the North American Envirothon.
Four teams competed in the first New Jersey Envirothon in 1994. Today, there are approximately 35 to 40 teams competing in our state. The winning team earns the honor of representing New Jersey at the North American Envirothon, where they will compete against other top teams from approximately 55 US states and Canadian provinces. See below for a list of host sites and current issues for past New Jersey events. Click here to view the archive of New Jersey Envirothon newsletters.
2014 First Place: Marine Acadamy of Technology & Environmental Science (MATES) Team 1
2013 Environmental Issue "Sustainable Rangeland Management: Achieving a balance between Traditional Agricultural Uses with Non-Agricultural uses on Montana Rangelands" Camp Kettle Run 30 Sawmill Road Medford, Burlington County, New Jersey Saturday, May 4, 2013
First New Jersey Envirothon was held in Mercer County in 1994
1993 Environmental Issue "Reclaimed Land"
1992 Environmental Issue "Wetlands"
First Canadian Team enters the Envirothon in 1992
1991 Environmental Issue "Land Use"
1990 Environmental Issue "Quality Water For Life"
1989 Environmental Issue
1988 Environmental Issue "Solid Waste: The Sighting of a Landfill"
The first “National Envirothon” was held in 1988
In Pennsylvania, high school students had been gathering since 1979 to challenge their environmental knowledge and to explore potential natural resource careers. The early competitions were called the “Environmental Olympics,” later the “Enviro-Olympics,” and then the “Envirothon.” Neighboring states began to offer their own competitions and the first “National Envirothon” was held in 1988.
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