Fall Workshop for Coaches and Teams
UMass Amherst Campus Center
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Link to UMass article
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 patches in a developing landscape: structure, function, importance (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)
- Climate change, flooding and Riversmart Communities – Christine E. Hatch ( UMass Dept of Geosciences)
- Natural Remedies for Pollution in Massachusetts Watersheds – 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)
- Thinking Globally and Acting Locally: The Role of Conservation Commissions in Protecting Wetlands, Open Space and Water Resources – Dorothy A. McGlincy, Executive Director & Michèle A. Girard, Associate Director and Education Coordinator, Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions
- Effective Community Advocacy 101 & Maximizing Ecosystem Services: Watershed Scale Conservation – Stefanie Covino, Coordinator of Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon
- Citizen Watershed Groups – Jennifer Bowman, Connecticut River Conservancy
- Study tour of Morrill Courtyard- C. Kim Jaworski-Bruschi, (UMass Facilities)
- Green Roof Tour of Integrated Learning Center- Lauren Healey, (student, UMass Department of Environmental Conservation)
- Study Tour of the UMass John W. Olver Design Building – Stormwater Management Infrastructure- Paul Barten (UMass Department of Environmental Conservation)Sara Lawler (UMass Dept of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning), &
Peggi Clouston, (UMass Department of Environmental Conservation)
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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