Envirothon Teams and Coaches recognized for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education

Four Envirothon teams and their coaches were recognized today as part of a State House ceremony when Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides honored 32 energy and environmental education programs at Massachusetts schools and nonprofits as part of the 25th Annual Secretary’s Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education (5/6/19).

Congratulations to Joyce Voorhis, Brockton High School; Joanne Bernier, Leicester High School; Sarah Johnson and Ann Taft, Fitchburg High School; and Angela Armstrong, Rockland High School for their contributions to environmental education, and to their teams for going above and beyond to learn and take action! EEA News Release is linked here.

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2019 Massachusetts State Grange Sponsorship

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Members of the Massachusetts State Grange presented a donation of $5000 to the MA Envirothon Steering Committee at the Spring Workshop.  An additional $1500 of grant money will be made available to teams for the 2019-2020 program year

The Massachusetts State Grange will again sponsor the 2019 EnviroTrek Lunch at the Massachusetts Envirothon Competition on May 17th, 2019 at Sholan Farms in Leominster. Massachusetts Envirothon is extremely grateful for their continued support!

Ten $150 scholarships will be made available to teams for the 2019-2020 program year to cover materials, transportation or registration.  To apply, fill out the form below! Applications are due by Aug 28, 2019 @ 5pm.

2019 Current Issue Problem posted

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Students at Shepherd Hill Regional High School growing Abundant, Affordable, Healthy Food in Dudley

Teams preparing for the 2019 Massachusetts Envirothon have been sent the 2019 Current Issue Problem. Their presentations will feature research done in their local communities to answer: What should our community do right now to help ensure abundant, affordable, healthy food for all in 2050?
Please visit the Current Issue page for background information and presentation score sheets.

Fall 18 Workshop wrap up

Despite a reschedule, the Fall 2018 Envirothon workshop at UMass Amherst was a success!

Almost all the original presenters and teams were able to be there!  202 students and 34 coaches from 20 teams (Acton-Boxborough, Bedford, Bristol Aggie, Brockton, Central, David Prouty, Doherty, Fitchburg, Greenfield, Innovation, Leicester, Lexington, Monty Tech, Newton North, Oliver Ames, PVRS, Quabbin, Reading, Shepherd Hill, and SABIS) as well as 8 members of the USDA APHIS crew attended.

 Massachusetts Envirothon wishes to thank the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the support that has made this event possible.  In particular, we are grateful for the funding, time, and expertise provided by:
UMass College of Natural Sciences (CNS) (http://www.cns.umass.edu/)
UMass School of Earth & Sustainability (https://www.umass.edu/ses/), particularly
UMass Extension/Center for Agriculture, Food, and Environment (http://ag.umass.edu/extension-outreach)

15 unique sessions were offered (Final Agenda here)

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Marion Larson from MassWildlife talks about Wild for Food

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Mary Bell from UMass Amherst discusses the Food Recovery Hierarchy and eating “ugly” veggies

And our first ever (not your average) Resource Fair during lunch:

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(not your average) Resource Fair featuring UMass student farmers, Cabot Co-op, USDA/NRCS and Mass Ag in the Classroom among others

 

We hope you’ll join us at our Winter Workshop on Feb 8, 2019 at Mt Wachusett Community College in Gardner.

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.

1/19 Update: 2 scholarships are still available and will be awarded at the March 7 MESC meeting.

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