The NC Envirothon is a multi-disciplinary, environmental problem-solving program culminating in annual regional and state spring competitions. Five-member teams from middle and high schools are sponsored by the conservation district. These teams train and compete in the areas of soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry and current environmental issues.
Qualifying teams at regional levels participate in the state competition. The winning high school team represents NC at the North American competition each summer.
NC participation in this national program began in 1991. Teams are provided with reference material and participate in hands-on training to acquire the knowledge and skills needed in each of the testing areas. The North American Envirothon is sponsored by local conservation districts in partnership with the National Association of Conservation Districts. The Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental education contest.