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.
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 15 teams have competed in the past, representing schools and clubs from all over Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories. Participants have come from large urban centres, remote or rural areas and First Nations.
Teams of 5 are led by a teacher advisor or volunteer and 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, and China.
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.
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