The Thurston Conservation District hosts the South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon competition annually each spring at the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.


Rachel Nehemiah
AmeriCorps Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
(360) 754-3588, ext. 110

2018 Competition Results!

Thurston County

1st…North Thurston High School
2nd…Capital High School
3rd…Avanti High School

Pierce County

1st…Science and Math Institute
2nd…Charles Wright Academy
3rd…Annie Wright Schools

We had such a fun day celebrating environmental science, our natural resources, and the spirit of competition with 64 students and educators from our community. It was a lovely, sunny day for students to explore the unique estuarine habitat of the Refuge and meet some of its local wildlife – including a mink and young bald eagle!

A big thank you to Pierce Conservation District for co-hosting with us! Thank you also to our amazing volunteers and our local sponsors, the Chehalis Tribe and Furniture Works, and the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for letting us spend the day in your beautiful space. We truly appreciate you all for your support of environmental education for our community’s youth!

And of course the biggest thank you goes to the students for their enthusiasm, teamwork, competitive spirit, and exemplary representation of their schools. Congratulations to all of you!


Registration for the 2018 competition is closed. If you wish to be put on the mailing list to receive updates for next year’s competition, contact Rachel Nehemiah or fill out this quick form.

What is Envirothon?

High school students compete in teams of five in a hands-on outdoor environmental science competition. Students get the chance to demonstrate their knowledge in in Soils, Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, and a current issue topic (this year’s is Western Rangeland Management).

Who can compete?

Students grade 9-12 from Mason, Lewis, Grays Harbor, Kitsap, Thurston, and Pierce Counties. Students must be from the same school, home school group, or local organization (i.e. FFA). Last year’s competitors were: Bonney Lake HS, Sumner HS, and SAMI from Pierce, and North Thurston HS from Thurston.

Why compete?

Participation in Envirothon is a huge boost to a student’s résumé or college application. Students get to be part of a team and meet other young people from around the south sound who are interested in environmental science. Teams get access to workshops on relevant environmental topics preceding the event. The winning team gets to attend the state Envirothon, where they’ll compete for a chance to attend the international competition in Idaho.

2018 Timeline:

April 24th
South Puget Sound Regional Envirothon
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge in Olympia.

May 23rd & 24th
Washington State Envirothon
Coconully Bible Camp in Okanogan.

July 22nd – 26th
International NCF Envirothon
Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.