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What is Envirothon?

The Envirothon is a program for high school students to learn more about our natural environment. The spirit of competition motivates athletes, drives successful businesses and stimulates new ideas. The Envirothon tests the student's knowledge on topics such as soils, water resources, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

The Envirothon began in Pennsylvania in the spring of 1979. Since then, it has spread to other states and countries. South Carolina held its first Envirothon in 1997. High school teachers across the country are recognizing the value of the Envirothon as a means of strengthening the environmental awareness of young men and women, while still achieving the goals set forth by the State's curriculum standards.

The Envirothon experience is a unique approach to environmental education. Teams compete in an outdoor setting where they learn that cooperation is needed to achieve success. Participation in this competition can be great fun for both students and their advisors. The activities are designed to help the students become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults.

SC Envirothon Mission Statement

The SC Envirothon strives to advance environmental awareness through an outdoor venue for high school students to assess their knowledge of natural resource management issues and to promote a life-long commitment to environmental stewardship.

2016 Competition Information

Teams must be sponsored by the local conservation district. All forms must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered. Only ONE team will be sponsored for the 2016 competition.

State Competition: May 13, 2016

Registration due to the District: March 1, 2016

Registration fee (ONE team sponsored by the district): $125

Coaches Workshop: February 6, 2016

Registration deadline: January 22, 2016

Registration fee: FREE

The competition will be held at the Clemson University Sandhill Research & Education Center, Columbia, SC. Each Envirothon Team will consist of five members. In addition to team members, one alternate will be allowed per team. The alternate is only allowed to compete with his/her team if a regular team member cannot participate. Alternates will be allowed to form unofficial teams and test their knowledge at the competition, but these teams are not eligible to win. You must register alternates interested in participating on one of these unofficial teams at the registration tent the day of the competition. Medical releases and photo waivers will be required for all team members and alternates.

Forms for download:

2015 Brochure

Team Registration

Photo Waiver

Medical Release

2016 Coaches' Training Workshop


Posted October 31, 2012


Soil Health Lessons in a Minute

There are two new video demonstrations featuring NRCS’ Ray “The Soil Guy” Archuleta and Jon Stika (NRCS North Dakota). These videos, titled "Have you discovered the cove?" and "How should healthy soils look?" are part of NRCS’ recently launched Soil Health Awareness and Education effort.

Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: Discover the Cover 



 Soil Health Lesson in a Minute: How Healthy Soil Should Look




Posted June 25, 2012

Feral Hogs and Agricultural Crops


Figure 1. Farmer in a millet field where feral hogs have caused problems. Photo courtesy of Jack Mayer.

Agricultural Crop Depredation

Feral hogs can cause very costly damage to almost any commercial crop. In the United States, this damage equates to millions of dollars in losses annually. Most damage is from feeding, chewing, trampling, or rooting by foraging hogs (Fig. 1). Some studies indicate the majority of damage in agriculture fields is from trampling, with only 5-10% due to actual consumption. Rooting around the base or root mat of trees or shrubs (e.g., apple trees) can undermine root systems and weaken trees.

Feral hogs will travel great distances to reach crops that have ripened or matured. They will feed on most life stages of an agricultural cropfrom seeds through mature plants. Feral hogs are known to root straight down a row of newly-planted corn field and consume the seeds, but most reported damage occurs when the crops are nearly mature. They will also feed on grains stored in wire-mesh silos or bins if hog-proof fencing was not erected.


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Posted April 10, 2012

DNR Works in Partnership with PalmettoPride Anti-Littering Campaign



It doesn’t matter what you call it, trash, litter, debris, or junk – it’s dangerous to our safety, our wildlife, and our economy. That's why the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proudly works with PalmettoPride anti-littering initiatives around the state.

PalmettoPride is a legislative initiative founded by Sen. David Thomas to fight litter and help beautify South Carolina. DNR appreciates the foresight and vision of Sen. Thomas in creating PalmettoPride in response to citizens’ concerns regarding the amount of litter in South Carolina. PalmettoPride has been on the front lines in the fight against litter for over 10 years.

One of the most effective tools to combat litter is the Litter Buster's Hotline. DNR received over 5000 phone calls in the first year of the program (2006) with many thousands reported since: 2007- 4819; 2008 – 5073; 2009 – 2992; 2010 – 3294; 2011 – 3173 and even 130 calls this January. Call 1-877-7-Litter the next time you see someone unlawfully discarding trash, litter or debris. The Litter Buster's Hotline rings directly into the DNR statewide radio dispatch headquarters in Columbia.

In addition to other initiatives aimed at littering, PalmettoPride also awards a series of grants to law enforcement around South Carolina. DNR Law Enforcement has benefited from these grants (nearly $10,000 for 2012) with night vision cameras and other equipment to assist in making littering cases.

The PalmettoPride non-profit 501(c) 3 organization is a true public/private partnership comprised of state agencies, concerned citizens, corporate sponsors, and community and civic organizations with the stated goal of encouraging “behavioral change” in our citizens about litter. Surveys suggest that over 80% of people who litter do so intentionally. Changing this intentional behavior isn’t going to happen overnight.

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