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.