In response to COVID, NARD moved some of their educational resources online, including the National Conservation Fund Envirothon. The competition takes place every summer and allows high school students to showcase their environmental knowledge and compete for scholarships. Usually, the competition takes place in the field with small teams of students competing in different areas of environmental studies.
However, in 2021 public health guidelines prevented the competition from taking place in person given that there were contestants from 34 US states, 4 Canadian provinces and China. Instead, NARD decided to find a platform that would allow the competition to go ahead virtually. The following two aspects were particularly important:
1- The possibility for every team to complete their test within a certain window of time, allowing for students in different time zones to participate.
2- Being able to monitor students with proctoring tools and disable the use of other applications or web browsers to uphold the integrity of the programme.