Local teens take top honors at 2019 Mass. Envirothon

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Lexington High School – 2019 Massachusetts Envirothon overall winning team

LEOMINSTER, Mass., May 17, 2019 – For the past school year, high school students across the commonwealth have been studying current and future prospects for growing, harvesting, and distributing food in their own home communities and across the Commonwealth. They presented their findings at the 32nd annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition on Friday, May 17th at Sholan Farms in Leominster, Mass.

The approximately 200 students from 29 Massachusetts communities also tested their knowledge of the area’s soils, forests, water, and wildlife as part of the competition.

At this outdoor field event, teams rotated through four “ecostations” where they answered written questions and engaged in hands-on activities such as soil analysis, wildlife habitat assessment, tree identification, and water quality testing. Each team had up to 10 participants and split into specialized sub-teams during the competition, each focusing their efforts at different ecostations.

At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each team gave a 15-minute presentation on “Abundant, Affordable Healthy Food” to a panel of judges. Teams researched the Current Issue in their own community in preparation for their presentation. Each panel of judges included concerned citizens and environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry. Teams were asked to explore current and future prospects for growing, harvesting, and distributing food in their own home communities and across the Commonwealth.

This year’s top scoring teams are:

Top Overall
1st Lexington High School
2nd Newton North High School
3rd Shepherd Hill Regional High School
Current Issue
1st Rockland High School
2nd Bristol County Agricultural High School
3rd Pioneer Valley Regional School
4th Shepherd Hill Regional High School
5th Newton North High School
Forestry
1st Newton North High School
2nd Lexington High School
3rd Shepherd Hill Regional High School
4th Pioneer Valley Regional School
5th Fitchburg High School
Wildlife
1st Newton North High School
2nd Lexington High School
3rd Shepherd Hill Regional High School
4th Pioneer Valley Regional School
5th Oliver Ames High School
Water
1st Newton North High School
2nd Lexington High School
3rd Pioneer Valley Regional School
4th Fitchburg High School
5th Brockton High School/Wildlands Trust
Soils
1st Lexington High School
2nd Shepherd Hill Regional High School
3rd Newton North High School
4th Deerfield Academy
5th Rockland High School

“These teams worked hard getting to know their local ecosystems and how their communities depend on them. We tested their scientific knowledge, but we also liked hearing their stories about how they have gotten muddy, cold, and tired, and otherwise had fun and fallen in love with nature in their neighborhood. The best hope for the future comes from engaged, scientifically literate citizens who care about their communities and the environment,” said Kelley Freda of the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Water Supply Protection and Chair of the Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee.

“The Envirothon is more than just a competition about environmental knowledge. Many teams have taken what they’ve learned and put it to work in an action/service project in their community. The program aims to prepare the next generation for the stewardship work that needs to be done,” said Freda. “And this annual competition actually becomes a festive gathering of the environmental community of Massachusetts where students learn from the environmental professionals and the environmental professionals learn from the students.”

The overall winning team will have the opportunity to represent Massachusetts in the North American Envirothon, which will be held July 28th to August 2nd in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 2019 Massachusetts Envirothon was made possible through the contributions of partnering agencies and organizations, including financial support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Grange, Environmental Business Council of New England, Wegman’s supermarkets and local conservation districts.

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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Local teens to compete in 32nd Mass. Envirothon on Fri. May 17th

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Competition will be held at Sholan Farms, Leominster

Abundant, Affordable Healthy Food is 2019 current issue

LEOMINSTER, Mass., May 2, 2019 – For the past school year, high school students across the commonwealth have been studying current and future prospects for growing, harvesting, and distributing food in their own home communities and across the Commonwealth. They’ll present their findings at the 32nd annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition on Friday, May 17th at Sholan Farms in Leominster, Mass.

The approximately 200 students from 29 Massachusetts communities will also test their knowledge of the area’s soils, forests, water, and wildlife as part of the competition.

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

At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each team will give a 15-minute presentation on “Abundant, Affordable Healthy Food” 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 explore current and future prospects for growing, harvesting, and distributing food in their own home communities and across the Commonwealth.

“These teams work hard getting to know their local ecosystems and how their communities depend on them. We test their scientific knowledge, but we also like to hear their stories about how they have gotten muddy, cold, and tired, and otherwise had fun and fallen in love with nature in their neighborhood. The best hope for the future comes from engaged, scientifically literate citizens who care about their communities and the environment,” said Kelley Freda of the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Water Supply Protection and Chair of the Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee.

“The Envirothon is more than just a competition about environmental knowledge.  Many teams have taken what they’ve learned and put it to work in an action/service project in their community.  The program aims to prepare the next generation for the stewardship work that needs to be done,” said Freda. “And this annual competition actually becomes a festive gathering of the environmental community of Massachusetts where students learn from the environmental professionals and the environmental professionals learn from the students, .”

The overall winning team will have the opportunity to represent Massachusetts in the North American Envirothon, which will be held July 28th to August 2nd in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 2019 Massachusetts Envirothon is made possible through the contributions of partnering agencies and organizations, including financial support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Grange, Environmental Business Council of New England, Wegman’s supermarkets and local conservation districts.

Fifteen federal and state environmental agencies, conservation districts, non-profit organizations, higher educational institutions, and businesses provide expertise and help organize the event. Dozens of volunteers will also be on hand on May 17th to handle all the event logistics from setting up tents, tables and chairs, checking-in teams, serving food, scoring tests and cleaning up.

For more information on the Massachusetts Envirothon visit www.massenvirothon.org.

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2019 PARTICIPATING TEAMS (as of May 2, 2019)

  • 4 H Cows and Clover Club, Berkley
  • Acton Boxborough Regional High School, Acton
  • Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, Bridgewater
  • Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton
  • Brockton High School/Wildlands Trust, Brockton
  • David Prouty High School, Spencer
  • Deerfield Academy, Deerfield
  • Doherty High School, Worcester
  • Fitchburg High School, Fitchburg
  • Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School, New Bedford
  • Innovation Academy Charter School, Tyngsboro
  • Leicester High School, Leicester
  • Lexington High School, Lexington
  • Malden High School, Malden
  • Millbury Jr./Sr. High School, Millbury
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg
  • Newton North High School, Newton
  • Newton South High School, Newton
  • Norfolk County Agricultural High School, Walpole
  • Oliver Ames High School, North Easton
  • Pioneer Valley Regional School, Northfield
  • Plymouth South High School, Plymouth
  • Quabbin Regional High School, Barre
  • Reading Memorial High School, Reading
  • Rockland High School, Rockland
  • Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Dudley
  • Somerset Berkley Regional High School, Somerset
  • Southeastern Regional Voc Tech, South Easton
  • Springfield Central High School, Springfield

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.

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

Local teens take top honors at 2018 Mass. Envirothon

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Newton North High School was the overall top scoring team at the 2018 Mass. Envirothon.

UXBRIDGE, Mass., May 18, 2018 – For the past school year, high school students across the commonwealth have been studying watersheds, water infrastructure and the impact of recent damaging storms in their community, and formulating steps their local leaders can take to protect land and water ecosystems in the watershed.

They presented their findings at the 31st annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition on Friday, May 18th at the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge, Mass. The approximately 200 students from 27 Massachusetts communities also tested their knowledge of the area’s soils, forests, water, and wildlife as part of the competition.

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

At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each team gave a 15-minute presentation on “Partnering with Nature in Watersheds” to a panel of judges. Teams researched the Current Issue in their own community in preparation for their presentation. Each panel of judges included concerned citizens and environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry. Teams were asked to assess water infrastructure resources and needs, identify an important partnering opportunity, and make specific recommendations for action.

This year’s top scoring teams are:

Overall Score
1st Newton North High School
2nd Lexington High School
3rd Pioneer Valley Regional School
Current Issue
1st Brockton High School / Wildlands Trust
2nd Greenfield High School
3rd Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
4th Newton North High School
5th Lexington High School
Forestry
1st  (tie) Newton North High School
Lexington High School
2nd Pioneer Valley Regional School
3rd Brockton High School / Wildlands Trust
4th Shepherd Hill Regional High School
5th Newton South High School
Wildlife
1st Newton North High School
2nd Lexington High School
3rd Pioneer Valley Regional School
4th Newton South High School
5th Bristol Country Agricultural High School
Water
1st Doherty Memorial High School
2nd Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
3rd Newton North High School
4th Reading Memorial High School
5th Newton South High School
Soils
1st Lexington High School
2nd Newton South High School
3rd Newton North High School
4th Pioneer Valley Regional School
5th Fitchburg High School

The overall winning team will have the opportunity to represent Massachusetts in the North American Envirothon, which will be held July 22-28 in Pocatello, Idaho.

“By engaging students on real-world environmental issues, the annual Massachusetts Envirothon improves students’ problem-solving skills and creates lifelong passions for preserving and protecting our natural resources,” said state Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “Massachusetts’ watersheds are vital sources of drinking water and native species habitat, and this year’s competition provided students with the opportunity to learn about their local watersheds and brainstorm solutions to keep them clean and safe.”

“These teams work hard getting to know their local ecosystems and how their communities depend on them. We test their scientific knowledge, but we also like to hear their stories about how they have gotten muddy, cold, and tired, and otherwise had fun and fallen in love with nature in their neighborhood. The best hope for the future comes from engaged, scientifically literate citizens who care about their communities and the environment,” said Kelley Freda of the Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Water Supply Protection and representative of the Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee.

“The Envirothon is more than just a competition about environmental knowledge.  Many teams have taken what they’ve learned and put it to work in an action/service project in their community.  The program aims to prepare the next generation for the stewardship work that needs to be done,” said Freda. “And this annual competition actually becomes a festive gathering of the environmental community of Massachusetts. At informal lunchtime roundtables, teams shared stories from their EnviroTreks – places they visited, people they talked to, outdoor experiences, and service projects – during the past year.”

The 2018 Massachusetts Envirothon is made possible through the contributions of partnering agencies and organizations, including financial support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Grange, Environmental Business Council of New England, Wegman’s supermarkets and local conservation districts.

Fifteen federal and state environmental agencies, conservation districts, non-profit organizations, higher educational institutions, and businesses provide expertise and help organize the event. Dozens of volunteers were also on hand to handle all the event logistics from setting up tents, tables and chairs, checking-in teams, serving food, scoring tests and cleaning up.

For more information on the Massachusetts Envirothon visit www.massenvirothon.org.