History

30th MA Envirothon graphic JPEGThe Massachusetts Envirothon has been educating young people about the environment for 30 years.

When the Envirothon program started in 1979 in Pennsylvania it was known as the Environmental Olympics. In 1988 the name was changed to the Envirothon.

That same year, the first Massachusetts Envirothon was held. Five teams participated in the competition at Buck Hill Conservation Land in Spencer, Mass.

The first three Massachusetts Envirothons did not include Current Issue presentations. The Current Issue component was introduced in 1991.

Here’s a snapshot of past Massachusetts Envirothons:

YEAR LOCATION TOWN CURRENT ISSUE OVERALL WINNER
2017 Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary Lincoln Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation
2016 Hopkinton State Park Hopkinton Managing Invasive Species Newton North High School
2015 Quabbin Reservior Belchertown Climate Crisis: Taking Action in Massachusetts Communities Newton North High School
2014 Sholan Farm Leominster Sustainable Local Agriculture Newton North High School
2013 Borderland State Park North Easton Trees, Forests, and Sustainability Newton North High School
2012 Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park Uxbridge Sustainable Stormwater Management Newton Community Farm
2011 Great Brook Farm State Park Carlisle Wetland Protection Lexington High School
2010 Otter River State Forest Baldwinville Groundwater Protection Lexington High School
2009 Doyle Conservation Center Leominster Renewable Energy: Getting It Right, Ecologically and Economically Tantasqua Regional High School
2008 Hopkinton State Park Hopkinton Outdoor Recreation and the Environment Lexington High School
2007 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Bristol County 4-H
2006 Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park Uxbridge Acting Locally for Climate Protection Bristol County 4-H
2005 Essex Agricultural & Technical High School Hathorne Protecting Cultural Landscapes Bristol County 4-H
2004 Cochituate State Park Natick Natural Resource Protection in an Urban Environment Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
2003 Heifer Project International’s Overlook Farm Rutland Strengthening Local Food Systems Bristol County 4-H
2002 Borderland State Park North Easton Introduced Species and Biodiversity Needham Area Home Schoolers
2001 Massachusetts Electric Northborough Stormwater Management Needham Area Home Schoolers
2000 Gore Place Waltham Wetland Conservation Needham Area Home Schoolers
1999 Hampshire College Amherst Open Space Planning Barnstable High School
1998 Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner Watershed Management Lawrence Academy
1997 Borderland State Park North Easton Pest Management Patriot Trail Girl Scouts
1996 Quabbin Reservior Belchertown Community Wastewater Treatment Pittsfield High School
1995 Great Brook Farm State Park Carlisle Groundwater Pittsfield High School
1994 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer Acid Rain Lunenburg High School
1993 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer Non-Point Source Pollution Lunenburg High School
1992 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer Wetlands Protection Lunenburg High School
1991 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer Water Resource Protection on Groundwater Lunenburg High School
1990 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer (none – Current Issue began in 1991) Lunenburg High School
1989 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer (none – Current Issue began in 1991) Lunenburg High School
1988 Buck Hill Conservation Area Spencer (none – Current Issue began in 1991) Lunenburg High School