Fall Workshop for Coaches and Teams
UMass Amherst Campus Center
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Kick off the 2017-2018 Envirothon year with this introductory workshop.
- Learn about this year’s current issue: Partnering with Nature in Watersheds
- Get started on ecostation topics: soil, water, wildlife, and forest
- Bond with your teammates and meet other students and coaches from across the state
- Have fun and check out UMass Amherst!
8:30 Registration opens, teams are paired with UMass students for a welcome as they arrive.
9 – 2:15 Introduction followed by four concurrent sessions with a lunch break.
Current Issue topics and speakers:
- Getting Started on your Community Research – Will Snyder (UMass Extension)
- Forests -The Living Filter – Paul Barten (UMass Department of Environ. Conservation)
- Forest Ecosystems (Field session) – Lena Fletcher (UMass Dept. of Environ. Conservation)
- Managing runoff and water quality with a green-infrastructure, a landscape approach – Jack Ahern (UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning)
- Wetland Functions & Wetland Soils – Deborah Henson (UMass Environmental Science Program)
- Land Use Effects on Water Quality – Paula Rees (UMass College of Engineering)
- Green Infrastructure: Cleansing and Managing Stormwater – Mark Lindhult (UMass Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning)
- How Climate Change and Land Use are Affecting Watershed Systems – Timothy Randhir (Department of Environ. Conservation)
- Dams, Urbanization, Climate Change, and Fish – Rebecca Quiñones, Ph.D. (MassWildlife Rivers and Streams Project Leader)
- Plus tours of green infrastructure on campus and sessions on the Water-related work of municipal Conservation Commissions and Planning Boards, How citizen groups take action for watershed protection, Hands-on introduction to watershed hydrology, and more!
And introductory workshops by Envirothon curriculum leaders:
Forest: Joe Perry, Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation (Forestry)
Wildlife: Pam Landry, MassWildlife
Water: Kelley Freda, Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation (Water Supply Protection)
Soil: Al Averill, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
This workshop is free for registered teams. All other schools need to pay $10 per participant- these fees will be deducted from your annual program registration. Contact Brita Dempsey, Mass Envirothon Coordinator, for details. email@example.com. Students should bring a lunch or plan on purchasing one at one of many UMass eateries. Parking is available at a small cost at the UMass parking garage. School buses and vehicles with state plates park for free – call for specific parking information.
Download the sign up form: UMass workshop mini agenda17.1