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Hamilton County
Envirothon 2023

Since 1992, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District has been hosting the Hamilton County Envirothon, an outdoor competition that gives high school students (9th-12th graders) the opportunity to utilize problem solving techniques, teamwork skills, and knowledge gained during study sessions to complete tests in 5 categories: Aquatics, Current Issue, Forestry, Soils, and Wildlife.
Students hike the nature trail and complete exams written and administered by conservation professionals in each of the 5 test categories. Exams are scored the day of the event, and certificates are distributed during the awards ceremony after lunch. The first place team from the Hamilton County Envirothon has the opportunity to compete at the New York State Envirothon. The winner of the state competition will compete at the national event.

Students attending public and home schools are welcome to participate. Envirothon advisers organize student teams, hold study sessions, and are responsible for obtaining transportation to the Hamilton County and New York State events.

Envirothon first place winners Bryon and riends Long Lake Central School

Hamilton County
Envirothon 2022

There was a showdown at the 28th annual Hamilton County Envirothon held May 5, 2022, where five teams from Wells and Long Lake Central schools took challenging natural resource exams and battled for first place.

2022 Envirothon Winners

  • First place: Bryon and Friends, Long Lake Central School
  • Second place: Bob Rossians, Wells Central School
  • Third place: Wells Central School: Pigs Might Fly, Wells Central School


Logo with Envirothon text in the shape of a bear

Date, Time and Location

The Hamilton County Envirothon is Thursday May 4, 2023, 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. at the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, 103 County View Drive, Lake Pleasant.

What to Wear

Students should dress appropriately as the event will be held rain or shine on the Adirondack EcoTrail behind the District office.


Students in grades 9 through 12 may participate, or ages 14 – 18. Team members may not be drawn from different school districts.


A team will consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 members. More than 1 team from each school or home school may participate. An alternate may be utilized if a regular team member cannot participate. Alternates may attend the Hamilton County competition for the experience but will not participate.


Information regarding registration for the 2023 Hamilton County Envirothon will be posted here when available.


At least one adviser or chaperone per two teams must attend the event. These people must accompany their team(s) during the competition but will not assist their team(s) during the exams.

Exam Categories

The 5 exam categories are Soils, Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatics, with the 2023 Current Issue: Will Post When Availble.

Time Limits

Students have 20 minutes to complete each exam, followed by 5 minutes of answer review with the presenter. They then have 5 minutes to hike to the next testing station.

Presenter Decisions

Presenter decisions are final on all events.


Transportation to and from the event is the responsibility of the school or home school.


Please bring a bag lunch.


There will be a winning team in each of the 5 exam categories, as well as overall first, second, and third place. The overall winning team is the team with the highest cumulative score for the five exams. Each exam totals 100 points, for a maximum of 500 points.

In the event of a tie, teams will answer a tie-breaker question(s).


Certificates will be awarded during a ceremony following lunch, and the first place plaque will be awarded.

State and National

Hamilton County’s winning team has the opportunity to compete at the New York State Envirothon May 25 – 26, 2022 at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY.

The winner of the state competition will compete at the National Conservation Foundation’s Envirothon July 24 – 30, 2022 at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

Study Guides

District Manager Caitlin Stewart is available to speak with students interested in the event, and can show a short video.

Study materials are available:

Disclosures and Waivers

Rules and regulations are subject to change. Any changes will be explained to all teams and advisers.

By participating in the Hamilton County Envirothon, all parties agree to have their photos and / or video taken and published in print and/or electronically unless a written, signed, and dated request is submitted to the District before the day of the event.