Soil and Water Conservation

Johnston County, North Carolina

Area IV Envirothon


We are proud of the Riverwood Middle School Envirothon Team, called ‘Colorful Turtles’, which placed 3rd out of 30 middle school teams at the regional qualifying Area IV Envirothon held recently in Nash County.  The team will advance to the State Envirothon competition and represent Johnston County’s only middle school at the event.  Two high school teams from Johnston County will also advance to the State Envirothon on April 29 and 30 which are from West Johnston High School.   These teams represent the top 7 teams out of a total of over 50 teams competing at the regional event.  The Envirothon is a team  challenge where students compete in their knowledge of environmental science topics such as soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current issues and is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.   Winning teams are eligible to receive cash prizes and scholarships.  Next year, the Johnston Soil and Water Conservation District will host the regional qualifying competition at the Johnston County Ag Center in Smithfield in late March.

RMS Envirothon team

PHOTO:  L-R – John Finch, Nash Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, Kaitlyn Chandler, Charlie Brown, Lauren Putney, Sofiana Infantino, Team Advisor Melisa Putney and Area IV Envirothon Chair Valerie Harris.


2015 Area IV Envirothon Winners

The West Johnston High School Envirothon Team, called the “Edmundson Quadrangle ‘Quokkas’ placed first at the regional Area IV Envirothon and placed 2nd  at the NC Envirothon Competition where they had the highest scores in Aquatics, Soils and the Oral Presentation Problem out of  47 teams across the state.   Members of the team, posing with their medallions and plaque include:  (from left to right) Team Advisor – Melody Lineberger,  Team members Lindsay Barnes, Marco Agostini, Jeremy Mayer, Tim Bizzell, Amelia Faith Turner and NC Envirothon Vice Chairman Rich Hayes and NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts President Manly West. 

The Envirothon is the largest environmental science competition in North America where five-member teams complete training and testing in five subject areas:  Soils, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues.  The students compete in their knowledge of natural resource management, identification and critical thinking skills relating to environmental concerns.   Ms. Lineberger, Team Advisor and science teacher at West Johnston High School, has led  past Envirothon teams in winning three state championships and attending three North American competitions.  As winners, the students are eligible for scholarships and cash prizes. 

The Envirothon is sponsored by the North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.


For more information about the Envirothon Program, visit the website,