The Competition

After preparing through the school year, high school students from Massachusetts communities from Boston to the Berkshires are ready to show how much they know about Massachusetts’ soils, forests, water, and wildlife, as well as this year’s Current Issue when they gather for the annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition.

At the outdoor field competition event, teams rotate through four “ecostations” where they answer written questions and engage in hands-on activities such as soil analysis, wildlife habitat assessment, tree identification, and water quality measures. Each team has up to 10 participants and splits into specialized sub-teams during the competition, each focusing their efforts at different ecostations.

At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each team gives a 15 minute presentation on the Current Issue to a panel of judges. Teams have been researching the Current Issue in their own community in preparation for their presentation.  Each panel of judges includes concerned citizens and environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry. Teams were asked to assess how the issue may affect their community and to recommend steps that their city or town and individuals, including young people, should take to respond to the challenge.

Competition details by year: