Michigan Envirothon has been inspiring and training the next generation of Michigan’s natural resource leaders since 1994.  

Michigan Envirothon is an environmental science-based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format. Designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship, and community involvement, the program presents environmental education in a unique, motivating, and exciting way, emphasizing hands-on learning in the outdoors and training with professionals in the field.  By participating in Envirothon, students gain knowledge of current natural resource issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.

Community Outreach & Service Learning

In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition. Through the project, students identify and address a natural resource issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.

A unique component of Michigan Envirothon, the community outreach project ensures that the program reaches the community, not just the students involved.

Envirothon 101

In preparation for Regional events, teams of students use resource materials and local specialists to learn, explore, and understand the following natural resource subjects:

  • agriculture
  • aquatic ecology
  • energy
  • forestry
  • soils/geology
  • wildlife
  • a current environmental issue (varies annually)




Teams gather around the State throughout the months of February and March at local Regional events for a day of testing and training. Local resource professionals lead review and training sessions in the subject areas before students complete a regional test and present their community outreach proposals.

The top 24 teams from around the State are invited to the State Competition held in May. This multi-day event challenges teams to apply their knowledge in the field at diverse testing sites and with field equipment.  


Get Involved!

To form a team, become a sponsor, volunteer, or general supporter of the Michigan Envirothon, please contact the Michigan Envirothon Coordinator at:

Michigan Envirothon
c/o MACD
3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 250
East Lansing, MI 48823
P: 517.324.5274
F: 517.324.4435
E: [email protected]

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