High School Envirothon

The High School Envirothon is a wonderful opportunity for high school students to develop and demonstrate their knowledge of environmental resources and their connection to human activity in a diverse environment while competing in the field rather than on the field. Students will work in teams and practice dealing with complex resource management decisions in areas of focus such as Aquatics, Forestry, Soil/Land use, Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues. A school team must be made up of 5 students and an advisor. There are three main goals of this program:

GOAL 1: To promote a desire to learn more about the natural environment and equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to apply the basic principles and practices of resource management and ecology to complex environmental issues.
GOAL 2: To promote stewardship of natural resources and to encourage the development of the critical thinking, cooperative problem-solving, and decision-making skills required to achieve and maintain a natural balance between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.
GOAL 3: To provide students with experience in environmentally-oriented activities, enabling them to become environmentally-aware, action-oriented citizens.

This competition is open to schools of all sizes, private and public and even non-traditional home-schooled students. Any Portage County school district can put together up to two teams of five students with one alternate and an adult advisor. Team registration forms must be completed and returned to our office by Friday, March 15, 2019. This years current environmental issue is "Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge & Technology to Feed the World" and the competition will be held on Wednesday April 24th, 2019.

Envirothon Resources


  • Registration Form

  • Team and Advisor Release Form

  • Sponsor Form

  • Volunteer Release Form

If you would like more information on this program or are interested in participating, contact Taylor at or (330) 235-6811

Conservation Poster Contest

The Conservation Poster Contest has been known as the “5th Grade Poster Contest” for many years in Portage County. This contest is in collaboration with the NACD Poster Contest. Winners at the county level are sent on to compete at state for a chance to compete at the national level. Each year the contest is based on a certain theme, usually revolving between a soil or water based theme. This year we will open up the competition to all K-12 students in Portage County. We will select one winner from each age division to send on to state. The age divisions are K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, & 10-12. Winners will be displayed at our fair booth at the Randolph Fair in August and in a gallery on this page.

If you would like more information on this program or are interested in participating, contact Taylor at or (330) 235-6811

Conservation Photo Contest

The Conservation Photo Contest is a new program launching in 2019. This contest is open to photos taken in Portage County by any person that lives in Portage County. The age divisions are youth (18 and younger) and adults (19 and older - as of December 1 2019). Contestants are allowed to enter as many as five photos each year that each fit into one of the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close-up Conservation, Conservation in Action, or Agriculture and Conservation Across America. Click here to view examples for each of the categories. One winner will be selected for each category and age division and 2 honorable mentions will be selected for each age group. One first-place winner from each age division will be recognized and receive a $25.00 gift certificate. All twelve winners and honorable mentions will be showcased on our website gallery and sent on the NACD for a chance to win a cash prize. The semi-finalists will be determined anonymously in-house by NRCS & SWCD staff and the Board of Supervisors. The finalists will be voted upon by the public at the Randolph Fair.

The necessary forms to participate in the contest can be found below:

  • Photo Contest Rules

  • Photo Entry and Release Form

  • “Human Photograph” Release Form

If you would like more information on this program contact Taylor at or (330) 235-6811

Big Tree Contest

Portage County brought back the Annual Big Tree Contest for the first time in many years in 2018. As a celebration of the competition returning to the county, we opened nominations to all species of trees to big the biggest of them all. In years to come nominations will be limited to one species of tree, in coordination with the Ohio Division of Forestry. Nominations are accepted in the spring of every year and will be measured by an SWCD employee. The top trees will be measured by a certified forester to determine the true winner. Big Tree winners will receive a $25.00 gift certificate to use for any of our sales or programs, and will have a plate placed on the official Portage County Big Tree Plaque displayed at the front of the office.

Fill out and return the form below to participate in the 2019 competition:

  • Big Tree Nomination Form

If you would like more information on this program contact Taylor at or (330) 235-6811