Hundreds of high school and middle school students from the Virginia border down to South Carolina met in Craven County to learn more about the environment and to compete in the 2014 Coastal Envirothon.
The students spend time at five different hands on stations to learn from the pros and get a better understanding of soil, forestry, wildlife, aquatics and current environmental issues.
Coastal Envirothon Chairman Greg Hughes says, "In our stations we have soil scientists, licensed foresters, wildlife biologists, natural resource professionals throughout Eastern Carolina that help conduct this event. It's all volunteers."
Hughes says the students will take a test about what they learned and if they score high enough they continue on to the state envirothon competition.
This is the 16th year for this event.
The state competition takes place in Burlington in April.