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Indiana Envirothon

Envirothon is a competitive learning event for high school-aged students. Envirothon tests the student’s knowledge of environmental resources including aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues. “Like” the Indiana Envirothon on Facebook and check out the NCF Envirothon site.

How Envirothon works

Teams of five students, representing a school or organization, compete by answering questions and by studying resource problems in each of the five environmental areas. Before the competition, students study, with their advisors, to develop a greater understanding the environment.

At the Envirothon competition, students test their knowledge under the supervision of environmental instructors. Students use teamwork to develop creative solutions to environmental problems.

Envirothon Brochure (pdf)

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors!
Indiana Envirothon appreciates the support of the following sponsors of our 2019 Competition. This support helps make the Indiana contest a quality event for high school students across the state.

The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Environmental Education Association of Indiana
Indiana Society of American Foresters
Smithfield Foods
2020 Indiana Envirothon Resources (All are PDF documents)




Contact:  Jenny Blake

Office:  (317) 773-2181

Date:  May 15, 2019


(Noblesville, IN) ……  The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Ivy Tech aligned to host the state Envirothon competition held on April 24th, 2019.

Envirothon is a high school-aged student competition that helps students learn about natural resources and the issues facing current and future generations. Teams are comprised of five students in grades nine through twelve and one adult coach. During the competition, each team will answer questions about environmental resources consisting of aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. Teams may consist of members from a variety of organizations: clubs at high schools (environment, agriculture, science, and academic clubs), the Scouts, home schooled students, and 4-H Clubs. This year, Rossville FFA took the win and will represent Indiana at the North American Envirothon competition held in Raleigh, NC, on the campus of North Carolina State University starting on July 28th, 2019.

The Envirothon Competition is completely volunteer-based and depends on support of local businesses, donations, and volunteers to make it successful. Hamilton SWCD and the Indiana Envirothon Board would like to thank everyone who worked together to achieve the day’s success. Experts from the United States Forest Service (USFS), the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the IN Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), the Cope Environmental Center, the Environmental Education Association of IN (EEAI), and IN Agriculture Nutrient Alliance all acted as judges for the oral presentations. “With Ivy Tech’s generous use of their facility, Earth Fare’s [Noblesville Organic Grocery Store] catered lunch for the students and volunteers, EEAI’s t-shirt sponsorship, IN Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s (IASWCD) backing, and Smithfield’s substantial monetary donation, we were able to support the event logistics and created a premier Envirothon competition for the entire state, right here in Hamilton County” affirms Ginger Davis, District Administrator of Hamilton SWCD.


For more information about the Envirothon, call (317) 773-2181 or email


View the TOP FOUR Team Presentations from the 2017 Indiana State Envirothon competition below:


Each year, Envirothon provides more and more students with a chance to get “up-close and personal” with North America’s natural resources. Envirothon offers both in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences focused around ecology, natural resource management and current environmental issues. This unique combination of learning experiences and breadth of study is part of what has made the Envirothon a huge success with students and educators across the United States and Canada.

To learn more about the North American Envirothon, explore the information and resources available on their website.


Trade Show

2020 Trade Show for Exhibitors
at the Annual Conference
Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Trade Show at the Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts is an excellent opportunity to connect with 450 conservationists representing rural, urban, and suburban natural resources interests in Indiana. Conference attendees represent land users from across the natural resources spectrum: staff and elected/associate supervisors from county Soil and Water Conservation Districts; farmers; watershed organization staff; technical resource staff from state and federal conservation agencies; and other representatives from the Indiana Conservation Partnership.

 2020 Annual Conference will be held on January 13-14 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown 

Trade Show hours: Monday, January 13 from 8 am to 5 pm. Tuesday, January 14 from 8 am to 12 noon.

Exhibitors for the 2020 Conference include:
Applegate’s Seed House LLC
ArborTerra Consulting, Inc.
Aquatic Control 
Byron Seeds
Clear Choices, Clean Water
Davey Resource Group


Grassworks Manufacturing
Hoosier Chapter – Soil & Water Conservation Society
Indiana AgrAbility
Indiana Corn Marketing Council and Indiana Soybean Alliance
Indiana Division of Forestry
Indiana Envirothon
Indiana Registry of Soil Scientists
LaCrosse Seed
Mapping Solutions
Pheasants Forever
Quail & Upland Game Alliance
Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management (SICIM)
Spence Restoration Nursery
Truax Company
Woodland Steward Institute



NRCS documents regarding the role of Local Working Groups (LWG):
Attachment A LWG Letter to SWCD Chair
Attachment B LWG Sample Meeting Agenda
Attachment C LWG Survey Questions
Attachment D Resource Area summary of RC priorties
Attachment E Resource Concern Categories
Attachment F STC Letter on LWG to ISTC
IB 300-19-24 Role and Establishment of Local Working Groups

YouTube Videos:

The Soil Health Nexus team recently released a series of how-to videos explaining how to host soil health demonstrations and in-field assessments to help producers learn how to assess soil health on their operations. Videos range in topic from how to do a slump test, or talk to different audiences (such as youth) about soil texture and soil types, to how to do an active carbon test in the field and hosting a soil pit demonstration. Check out the Soil Health Demonstration Videos. (August 2019)

Bob Barr speaking on the Whitewater River Watershed on July 13, 2017 (Fayette County SWCD) – Note: Bob’s presentation begins at 4:45 in the video. 

Conservation of Natural Resources Webinar Portal

Conservation Planning Webinars

PSS-CRP Contribution Agreement Webinar (10-27-16)

Find more resources for Districts on the Indiana Conservation Partnership website

Upper White River Watershed Cover Crop Program – information

10 Habits for Effective Conservation Planners (pdf) – Whether you’re a seasoned conservation planner or just starting, the 10 habits below have been shown to be most effective when planning with farmers and ranchers. (March 2019)

Grassland for Gamebirds & Songbirds Brochure (pdf brochure/June 2019)

Purdue Extension Publication entitled: Four Strategies to Improve Your Field’s Soil Health (August 2017)

National Conservation Planning Partnership (NCPP) Publication

Tips on Building an Effective Outreach and Education Campaign

Indiana Water Monitoring Council Resources available (April 2018)

Farmer Field Day Toolkit

Rent Green Fire: Aldo Leopold & A Land Ethic for our Time from IASWCD – just email us!

District Brochure – Standard (Text and photos cannot be changed; consider affixing a label to it.)

Conservation Development Resources: IASWCD’s list of funding opportunities.

Put Planning First! A resource from NRCS to help Districts work with producers to create a conservation plan.

Google Apps for Districts: An “Apps” account comes with useful tools like Google Calendar, Drive, Sites, etc. Email us to request one of these free accounts.

IASWCD Awards, such as Conservation Farmer of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, River Friendly Farmer, etc.

Envirothon is a competitive learning event for high school-aged students that tests the students’ knowledge of resources including soils, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

NACD Poster Contest, for young students

Easy Steps Marketing Plan for Districts (PDF)


For Districts

Coronavirus Information and Updates for Indiana Districts

Your District Dues At Work

YOUR Association: Not Your Ordinary Association – Joe Schmees presentation at the August 2019 District Summer Trainings in Fulton, Orange, Delaware and Putnam Counties.

Legislative Training and Visits 2019-2020:
Letter to Districts re: District Legislative Visit Dates: Jan-March 2020

Registration for SWCD Legislative Training, December 2, 2019
One-day training for all Indiana Soil and Water Conservation District STAFF and SUPERVISORS. Presentations and on-hands training with Cress Hizer, Indiana Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (IASWCD) Lobbyist and Joe Schmees, IASWCD, Executive Director. Also featuring a panel of advocacy professionals and partner representatives from The Nature Conservancy, Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.

Monday, December 2
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Indiana Farm Bureau
225 S. East Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Halls A & B – 1st floor

Lunch on your own. (Cafeteria provided in the building with many options available – 2nd floor.)

Space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

Register by November 27


If you need immediate assistance or can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact Joe Schmees or Amy Work at 317-692-7374.

  • Indiana Watershed Group Finder – a companion site to the Indiana HUC Finder, both developed through the Indiana Watershed Leadership Program in collaboration with the IDEM and IASWCD. The Finder is a Google Map based tool that makes it easy to find active watershed or watershed-focused groups throughout Indiana.

Government Shutdown Plans and Procedures:

Unique Opportunites for Districts

Publications & Information to Share with the Public

IASWCD Organizational Information
Budgets, Board minutes, and more area all available in our Board Page.


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