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History

HISTORY OF THE ALBERTA ENVIROTHON

Established in 1997, Alberta’s Envirothon is an annual provincial competition held each spring aiming to increase students' knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management in Alberta. Think "Olympics for the Environment."

Our audience is high school students (grade 9-12) embarking on post-secondary pursuits, and those planning for careers in sciences and resource management.

Up to 13 teams have competed in the past, representing schools and clubs from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories (because SK and NT don't have their own Envirothon programs to compete in, we've allowed them to join us. However, they are ineligible for the Alberta title). Participants have come from large urban centres, remote or rural areas and a First Nations community.

Teams of 5 (or 6 if you are bringing an alternate) are led by a teacher advisor or volunteer adult chaperone and may meet throughout the school year to train. 

 

The winning team earns the opportunity to represent Alberta in the NCF-Envirothon (international competition) with teams from across Canada, the USA, China, and Singapore. 

HISTORY OF THE NCF-ENVIROTHON (international competition)

The Envirothon is North America's largest high school environmental education competition. More than 10 million people have participated from across North America, with 50,000 students from 4,000 high schools competing annually.

The event first began as Enviro-Olympics in Pennsylvania in 1979 and grew to a national competition in the US by 1988. The first Canadian team participated in 1992. Alberta's best ranking was 13th back in 2013. It's time for us to break that record!

For more information visit: https://www.envirothon.org/aboutus/history

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