Iowa Envirothon

Iowa EnvirothonThe National Conservation Foundation Envirothon is an environmental and natural resource conservation problem-solving, team-building, and leadership experience and competition for 9th – 12th grade students across the U.S.

Iowa Envirothon challenges students statewide to hone critical thinking skills and create inventive solutions to the complex local environmental and natural resource issues facing Iowans today. Through regional testing and the state competition, teams of Iowa high school students earn a chance to deep dive into valuable environmental and natural resource problem-solving, team-building, and leadership experiences. In Iowa, the Conservation Districts of Iowa (CDI) manage this competition. Starting in 2024, ICEC is partnering with CDI to promote this program!

In Iowa, teams of students sign up for a regional, on-line exams. The teams with the top 15 scores at the regional level are invited to the state competition at a central Iowa location in the spring.

Congratulations to the 2024 Iowa Envirothon Top Team!

Repeating as Iowa Envirothon Champions is the Decorah (DNR) Nerd Republic team! Congratulations! The team will go on to compete in the international competition, July 28-August 3rd, at Hobart and William Smith College in Geneva, New York.

  1. Decorah DNR
  2. Decorah Skabush
  3. Algona FFA
  4. Marshalltown High School Red
1st place 2nd place
3rd place 4th place

Curious about the Iowa Envirothon state contest?

Hear from the advisor and team members from the 2024 Bettendorf Conservation Club.

Learn from the Decorah High School 2023 team advisors on why students are interested in Envirothon!


Hear from Marshalltown’s team advisor and student from the 2023 Iowa Envirothon!

The format of the state competition is different in that it is conducted in-person and involves hands-on activities using environmental science and conservation equipment. The same four areas (soil, water, wildlife, and forestry) are covered plus a current environmental issue and an oral presentation. The 2024 current environmental issue is “Renewable Energy for A Sustainable Future.”

The state winner represents Iowa at the national NCF Envirothon.

2024 NCF-Envirothon New York Competition Update

2024 Oral Presentation Rules Posted 

  • The official rules, guidelines, and procedures for the Oral Presentation portion of the 2024 NCF-Envirothon New York competition have been posted to the website.

ICEC Receives Grant to support Iowa Envirothon 2024

ICEC submitted a grant proposal to the National Conservation Foundation in February 2023 with the goal to recruit five new high school student teams from Iowa’s urban and diverse population areas to participate in Iowa Envirothon 2024.

This Diversity Grant Project received support from the U.S. Forest Service, the National Conservation Foundation, and the NCF-Envirothon.


Decorah High School advisors talk about recruiting!

See the Conservation Districts of Iowa website for information about the 2024 Envirothon to see if this program could fit in your school FFA chapter, AP Science classes, TAG, or student organization. Start planning now!

FYI! The 2024 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon event will be hosted by NCF and New York Envirothon, held July 28 to August 3, 2024, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York! Download the National Conservation Foundation Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Congratulations to the Decorah Nerd Republic, Iowa Envirothon 2023 winning team!

This team traveled to New Brunswick, Canada for the 2023 NCF Envirothon and placed 19th!

Decorah Nerd Republic
Decorah Nerd Republic, L-R: Larry Berland, team advisor; team members Gabriel, Lucas, Connor, Anders, and Aiden; and Allison Lovestuen, Decorah High School math teacher (and mom to Anders)