Newton North team represents Massachusetts at the 2018 NCF Envirothon

Five team members from the Newton North Envirothon Team traveled to Pocatello, Idaho in July to represent Massachusetts in the 2018 NCF Envirothon.

They put together a video talking about their EnviroTrek through the year and at the competition.  Congratulations to Laura Schmidt-Hong and Einat Gavish co-captains, Eve Martin, Gus Betts-O’Rourke, and Ethan Gahm for all their hard work and to the rest of the team and coach Anndy Dannenberg for their support during the year!

2018 September Challenge

Are you recruiting new team members?  Looking for fall activities that will pay off at the competition next spring?  Hungry for new knowledge, skills, and connections?  Want to strengthen your teamwork?

 The Mass Envirothon September Challenge is a brand new way to help your rookie or experienced team to get a running start on the Envirothon year.  The Challenge is totally optional and noncompetitive.  It invites teams to explore this year’s Current Issue Abundant, Affordable, Healthy Food in their communities while the weather is still warm and the harvest is in full swing.  Teams that post their findings have a chance to learn about GIS mapping and online surveying.  If your team takes this opportunity for a head start, you may also find ways to make a real contribution toward solutions in your community!

 Even if you don’t participate in the Challenge, your team can still get an early start by contributing to the 2019 Mass Envirothon EnviroTrek Story Map

 Participating teams will get special recognition this fall and at the May 2019 competition! 

2018-19 EnviroTrek Story Map

The 2019 Mass Envirothon EnviroTrek Story Map  (https://arcg.is/0yOvy8)

Share Your Explorations!

 – places you have found in your community for getting acquainted with forest, soil, water, and wildlife resources

– places where food is being raised near you

– your hands-on and people-to-people experiences of local agriculture

– other discoveries and natural wonders (!)

For more information- visit the EnviroTrek page

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Mass State Grange funding available

Thanks to a generous donation from the Massachusetts Grange, Mass Envirothon will offer a special opportunity to teams registered for the 2019 Mass Envirothon.  Ten $150 scholarships will be available.  Teams are invited to propose how they would spend this scholarship money – e.g. Envirothon-related equipment, field trips, transportation, or registration.  The MESC will review and approve proposals at the October meeting.  A check will be sent to teams that are selected. For follow up, teams will need to send us pictures with captions showing that they are making good use of the funds.

To apply:

  1. Fill out the 2019_Program_Registration
  2. Return to Mass Envirothon with a brief description (1-2 paragraphs) of how you intend to use the money.
  3. Applications must be received by Wednesday October 17, 2018 at 5pm.

 

Learn more about the Massachusetts State Grange at massgrange.org

Prospective Coaches Program

Join us at the May 18 Competition to experience the excitement of our annual competition!

Massachusetts Envirothon special program for Prospective Coaches and Community Partners
Thursday May 18:  2018 Massachusetts Envirothon Competition
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge.
8:30-2

Are you looking for ways to help high-school-aged young people connect with real people, real places, and real science issues in their own communities?  Are you interested in learning more about local environmental issues and natural resources yourself?

Special program and lunch for prospective coaches.  View a current issue presentation, tour the ecostations, network with current coaches, attend a session on the 2019 current issue or go on a short hike with a park interpreter. Grants may be available to help cover registration, transportation, or a substitute teacher.  Teams do not have to be school based!

Draft Event Schedule  Directions

To receive a final schedule and RSVP, fill out the form below by May 10:

 

Spring Workshop Wrap up

Spring Workshop 2018

Saturday April 7, 2018 was snowy and cold, but fun! 60 students and 9 coaches from 11 teams (Brockton/Wildlands, Doherty, Fitchburg, Leicester, Lexington, Newton North, Newton South, Reading, Rockland, Shepherd Hill and Somerset Berkley) attended hands-on sessions in the morning and a Mini-Envirothon in the afternoon.  As always, the excellent facilities and outdoor resources at Alden were enjoyed by all!  Kelley Freda had the water sessions outside measuring flow and turbidity among other WQ indicators in one of the many streams flowing through the property.  Joe Perry can measure trees anywhere, but there are a surprising number of species right by the back door. Flavio Sutti of Mass Audubon joined us for the wildlife sessions and actually enjoyed the fine layer of snow as it showed off some tracks on the wildlife habitat assessment hike.  And the fabulous excavators at Alden dug Al Averill a soil pit!  A huge thank you to Alden Lab for hosting us again!

Spring Workshop @ Alden Lab 4.7.18

Please join us at Alden Research Laboratories in Holden MA on Saturday April 7 for our spring workshop.

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Registration opens at 8:45.

Concurrent sessions with ample time for hands-on learning at all 4 station areas: Wildlife, Water, Soil and Forestry as well as the 2018 Current Issue: Partnering with Nature in Watersheds.

2018_Alden_workshop Final Agenda

9:00 – Welcome

9:15-10:25 Concurrent Session 1

10:30-11:40 Concurrent Session 2

11:45-12:15 Lunch – Bring your own lunch

12:15-12:55 Keynote in Auditorium

1-3:30 Mini-Envirothon

Curious about what to expect on competition day? Want to try out some questions to see if you’re ready? Teams will visit 4 stations for 25 minutes each. Short hands-on tests will be administered and then discussed at Forest, Water, Wildlife and Soil.  The Current Issue station will get teams to review their research so far and think about what it will take to make an effective presentation.

To Register, send an email to massenvirothon@gmail.com with a list of student names. Final numbers must be received by Wednesday March 28.

2018 Winter Workshop Wrap Up

We had 71 students and 19 coaches from 12 teams attend the Feb 9 workshop. Maggie Payne taught the soils sessions, Pam Landry taught teams how to use a field guide and how to determine wildlife habitat from aerial photographs, Kelley Freda did water quality and a special session on how to design a rain garden,  Joe Perry’s crews were (of course) loudly enthusiastic identifying and measuring trees, and many folks had fun working with the stream table with Christine Hatch from UMass Extension. MWCC staff were welcoming and easy to work with- a big thanks to Mt Wachusett Community College for hosting us!

Agenda

2018 Winter Workshop at Mt Wachusett Community College

2018 Winter Workshop at Mt Wachusett Community College

Please join us Friday February 9, 2018 at Mt Wachusett Community College in Gardner.

Daniel M. Asquino Science Center - MWCC Gardner Campus

Registration opens at 8.

Concurrent sessions with ample time for hands-on learning at all 4 station areas: Wildlife, Water, Soil and Forestry as well as the 2018 Current Issue: Partnering with Nature in Watersheds.

Full Agenda

8:40 – Welcome

8:50-10:20 Concurrent Session 1

10:25-11:50 Concurrent Session 2

11:50-12:25 Lunch – Bring your own or try the Cafeteria line- lots of great choices!

12:30-2:00 Concurrent Session 3

To Register, send an email to massenvirothon@gmail.com with a list of student names. Final numbers must be received by Monday January 29.

Directions to Mt Wachusett Community College

Park in Lot C  (parking lot map)

Enter into the South Cafeteria