Fall Workshop @ UMass Amherst 11.15.17

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!

UMass.17.18 Final Agenda

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. massenvirothon@gmail.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

Mass Envirothon Best Management Practices Tours, West Boylston

Join Kelley Freda, Environmental Analyst with the DCR-Division of Water Supply Protection for a tour and discussion of several structural best management practices (BMPs) around the Wachusett Reservoir watershed.  We will visit several raingardens, an infiltration basin, a large bioretention area, and gravel wetland.  This will be a great introduction to this year’s current issue topic on the use of green infrastructure and environmental engineering!  Although the tour will be fairly informal, Kelley will talk about how each works, why they were constructed, some design considerations, the differences between them, and of course, some water quality.  We will need to drive to a couple of close by locations as not all are within walking distance.

You are all welcome to stay and explore and observe the watershed after the tour. We have a bog (Poutwater Pond), beaver ponds, streams, wetlands and historical areas.

Meet at DCR Main office, 180 Beaman Street, West Boylston at the flagpole entrance parking lot.

Three tour dates are offered:

Sunday, October 8, 2017 1:30-4 Columbus Day weekend (The Wachusett Reservoir Dam located in Clinton is also open to the public to walk across the top on this day from 10-1. It only happens 2 times a year! Bring your cameras if you plan on staying)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 4-6pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017 10-12am

Tours are free, but you MUST register in advance, at least 3 days before the tour.

Lexington HS Envirothon team successful at the 2017 NCF Envirothon

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Five members of the Lexington High School Envirothon team traveled to Maryland with their coach to represent Massachusetts at the 2017 NCF Envirothon.  They had a great time and came in 15th place overall.  Here is a video they put together describing their year and the competition:

Congratulations, Lexington!

2017 Spring Workshop at Alden Lab

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The 2017 Massachusetts Envirothon Spring Workshop will be held

Saturday April 8, 2017

at Alden Research Laboratory in Holden MA       Full Agenda including Directions

8:45 a.m.                       Registration

9:00 – 9:10                   Welcome

9:15 – 10:25                   Workshops – choose one

10:30 – 11:40                 Workshops – choose one

11:45 – 12:15                 Lunch (Bring your own or sign up for a $5 sandwich at registration)

12:15 – 12:55                Overview of Alden     & Introduction to the 2017 Current Issue

1:00-3:30                       Mini Envirothon

To sign up, please contact massenvirothon@gmail.com, Sign up Form

 

 

2017 Winter Workshop

The 2017 Winter Workshop will be held again at Worcester Technical High School.

Wednesday Feb 1, 2017

DUE TO WEATHER  2 hour delay.   Registration opens at 9:45, 1st session (scheduled 2nd) starts at 10:30.

TWO long sessions will be held for indepth explorations of our station areas and current issue topics.

Agenda

Directions

Team Sign up form (please return to Brita by January 24)

This is a great chance to learn more about Envirothon and consider forming a team. If you are new to the program and would like to attend this workshop, please fill out the following contact form.

Fall 2016 UMass Amherst Workshop for coaches and teams

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Link to UMass Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment’s article

Kick off the 2016-2017 Envirothon year with this introductory workshop.

  • Learn about this year’s current issue: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation and get ready to investigate the soil and water issues in the gardens, farms, and forests (including urban forests) in YOUR community.
  • 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.  College of Natural Sciences reception for coaches. Welcome activities for Envirothon team members.

9 – 2:10 Opening and 4 concurrent sessions with a lunch break.

Current Issue topics and speakers:

Getting Started on Current Issue Research – Will Snyder (UMass Center for Agriculture)

  • Droughts and Flooding in MA? Now what? – Christine Hatch (UMass Dept of Geosciences)
  • Soil Formation – Isaac Larson (UMass Dept of Geosciences)
  • Principles of Soil Health I and II – Thomas Akin, USDA NRCS
  • Forest Ecology, Forest Soils, and the Drought – Lena Fletcher (UMass Department of Environmental Conservation)
  • Understanding Water Movement in Soils – Paul Barten, UMass Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Fertilizers, Runoff, and Water Quality – Holtze Wijnja, Massachusetts Dept of Agriculture
  • Wetland plants and Soils – Deborah Henson, UMass Environmental Science Program
  • Walking tour of soil and water issues at Simple Gifts Farm in North Amherst – Jeremy Barker-Plotkin, Organic farmer
  • Tour the Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing lab – Tracy Allen, UMass Extension

Plus workshops by Envirothon curriculum leaders:

Forest: Joe Perry, Mass Department of Conservation & Recreation (Forestry)

Wildlife:  Walt Tynan, 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 program registration for this year.  Contact Brita Dempsey, Mass Envirothon Coordinator, for details at massenvirothon@gmail.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.

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Other 2017 Workshops

Coaches Workshop 10.1.16

Outdoor Workshop for High School Teachers:

Hands-on Science in Massachusetts Ecosystems

Do you know how to calculate how many board feet of lumber that can be produced from a mature tree? Ever thought of finally mastering identifying trees in winter? Have you ever used an aerial photo to help analyze surrounding ecosystems for resources for wildlife or for determining potential water pollution sources? On the off chance that you don’t have a back hoe to dig your own soil pit, maybe you’d like a chance to measure soil horizons with Dr. Dirt himself?  All this and more at Mass Envirothon’s workshop for coaches on Saturday October 1.  Spend the day outside with natural resource professionals learning how to apply knowledge and work with new and experienced coaches to plan how to share this knowledge with your team.

Saturday, October 1  8:30 – 3:00

MassWildlife’s Wyane F. MacCallum Wildlife Management Area, Westborough

Read more…

Spring Workshop at Alden Research Lab

Representatives from 17 teams had a splendid day in Holden at the Alden Research Lab. Two morning sessions included opportunities to test water quality, use nets to catch macro-invertebrates and assess stream health, prep for Current Issue presentations, ID a fisher (among other critters!) and assess habitat for wildlife use, measure soil horizons and texture and yell MADCAPHORSE loud enough for the whole building to hear.  Alden Senior VP Dave Anderson toured a group through the lab complex and later gave an overview of all the different projects Alden is working on.  In the afternoon, teams visited stations in a “mini-envirothon” to get an idea about what the competition will be like in May.

Thanks Alden, for hosting us again! More pictures on the facebook page

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2016 spring workshop, students in soil pit

2016 Ecostation Workshop

Worcester Technical High School hosted our winter workshop on Feb 4th. About 140 students from 15 teams attended sessions on Wildlife, Water, Soil, Forests, and how to get started on the Current Issue.  The USDA APHIS Asian Longhorned Beetle team presented on their work in the state. Kevin Scherer, Watershed Forester with the City of Worcester DPW & P lead a forest tour looking at impacts of invasive species.