Venue and Schedule

The South Dakota Envirothon has changed venue. The event will now be held at NeSoDak Bible camp and not Outlaw Ranch. The change is due to the fact that all the registered teams are from East River.

The dates and schedule remain the same.

Wednesday October 1

  • 11AM – 1PM. Teams arrive, register. Lunch on your own.
  • 1PM – 3:30PM. Welcome. Skills review.
  • 4:00PM – Current issue presentation
  • 5:30PM – Dinner
  • 6:30PM – Teams go into planning time.
  • 8:45 – Team building activities and camp fire
  • 11PM – Lights out

Thursday October 2

    • 7:00 Breakfast
    • 7:30 Planning Time
    • 9:00 Competition begins!
      • 9:00 – 9:45
      • 9:50 – 10:35
      • 10:40 – 11:25
      • 11:30 – 12:15 LUNCH
      • 12:20 – 1:05 SCENARIO POSTER SESSIONS
      • 1:10 – 1:55
      • 2:00 – 2:45
    • 2:45 – 3:45 Clean out cabins
    • 3:45 Winner announced. Celebration!
    • 4:00 departure

Raptor Resource

South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks just produced a new booklet called “South Dakota’s Diurnal Birds of Prey.” Single copies of this free, color guide to 21 raptor species can be requested by emailing The publication features many images taken by South Dakota birder and photographer Doug Backlund. The guide was funded by SDGFP Wildlife Division.

2014 SD Envirothon Winning Team

For immediate release
Contact Anne Lewis at 605-224-8295 for more information


A 4H team from Marshall County has won the 2013-2014 South Dakota Envirothon. The five team members, four of whom were veterans, won demonstrating their expertise in aquatic ecology, soils, wildlife, forestry and this year’s current issue local and sustainable agriculture.

The team will go on to compete in a regional event in Kansas in July.

The two seniors, junior, sophomore and freshman had to take a test in each content area. In addition, the team had to plan and give a presentation on how they would restore a piece of land to produce for local agriculture. The presentation required the team to incorporate a “mystery challenge” which was revealed at the competition. The mystery challenge was how chickens figured into their respective plans.

The team was coached by advisor Tom Jones, also a returning veteran.


L to R: Blaze Jones, Trey Jones, Dylan Jones, Austin Effling, Austin Bratsveen

The South Dakota Envirothon is sponsored by the Conservation Commission and the South Dakota Discovery Center.

Envirothon Summer Workshop for Leaders AND Students

Opportunity for Envirothon leaders and students!

Students from SD Envirothon teams will be able to attend the workshop July 17-18 at NeSoDak near Waubay, SD.

Teachers and leaders can bring up to two students (entering junior or senior year) to participate in the Envirothon Workshop. The workshop offers two days of hands-on studies and content instruction on Envirothon topics including aquatic ecology, soils and forestry. The 2014-2015 current issue is urban/community forestry.

Lodging and board are covered. Credit available for teachers.

Congratulations Marshall County 4H

Corrected version. 

Congratulations to Trey Jones, Austin Effling, Austin Bratsveen, Dylan Jones, and Blaze Jones, winners of the 2013-2014 SD Envirothon! This group from Marshall County 4H will go on to the competition in Kansas in July.

Thanks to their leaders Tom and Marcy Jones.


Marshall County 4H presents on local and sustainable agriculture.


1st Place – Marshall County 4H
2nd Place – Gettysburg N
3rd Place – Highmore
4th Place – Gettysburg H

Mark your calendars for the next SD Envirothon. New Dates: October 1-2 at Outlaw Ranch near Custer SD! Start planning your teams today!

Current Issue Information Now Available

Current issue key topics, learning objectives, resources and the current issue presentation scenario are now posted. Teams are invited to explore this page to help guide them in preparing for the current issue section of the competition.

Please note: this year’s scenario requires pre-Envirothon research. Teams will need to research a farmers’ market in their community (does not have to be in their town, just one that they theoretically could vend at) and identify crops to produce for sale there.

Teams will be allowed one 8 1/2″ x 11″sheet of handwritten or printed notes to bring into presentation planning time with notes from their research.

Questions? Contact Anne Lewis

Please register for the SD Envirothon

Everyone coming to the 2014 Envirothon will need to register so we know you are coming. This means students, adult team leaders, parent chaperons, volunteers, team organizers, observing teachers, guests and judges.

Important! Students will need their parent/guardian signatures on their permissions slips so they must be filled out ahead of time. Since the permission slips also have important health releases, we are asking everyone to complete a permission form, though if you are over 18 you can complete it on site.

We are also asking people to complete a photo release form.

Registration Info is available here at

2014 North American Envirothon Update

The SD Envirothon Committee recently received word that the North American Envirothon competition in Georgia has been cancelled due to funding issues. The 2014 South Dakota Envirothon Competition will still take place! Furthermore, we are still doing preliminary planning for the 2015 SD Envirothon somewhere West River/Black Hills area.

The main difference for the teams this year is that in lieu of competing for a trip to Georgia, students will be competing for scholarship money. Funding at the state level has not been affected.

Teams should continue preparing for the Envirothon. Kits are tentatively scheduled to ship out next week.

2104 SD Envirothon Professional Development

July 16-18
NeSoDak, Waubay SD
2 credits
High school teachers and adult leaders of Envirothon teams

Join us for three days in the beautiful NE corner of South Dakota to become better equipped to lead a SD Envirothon team. We will cover aquatic ecology, soils and forestry. This is your chance to network with other Envirothon team leaders, find out more about the next “current issue”, and brush up on or learn new content to help your teams.

Registration information.

For more information, contact Anne Lewis.