MA Envirothon 2007 Topic: Conservation and Renewable Energy in MA

Submitted by Debi Hogan
2006-09-06 17:25:23

Two Workshops will be held this fall to orient coaches and teams to the Massachusetts Envirothon program. An Orientation Workshop for Coaches will be held on Thursday, September 28, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John Augustus Hall, at the Wachusetts Reservoir in West Boylston. This workshop will feature an overview and introduction to the eco-stations test sites which combine the topic areas of water, forestry, soils and wildlife and will also offer resource materials and an overview of this year's current issue topic, Conservation and Renewable Energy in Massachusetts Communities. This workshop is free; lunch will be provided.
A Massachusetts Envirothon Workshop for Teams (coaches and students) has been scheduled for Thursday, November 16, 2006 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. This workshop is open to coaches, up to three team members and even those who are just becoming acquainted with the program. Five or more workshops will run concurrently, offering a variety of sessions on each of the topic areas (forestry, soils, water and wildlife), this year's current issue, eco-stations, environmental skills and campus tours. Resource materials will also be provided. Participants will be asked to cover their own parking and bring or purchase their own lunch.

More details about the Massachusetts Envirothon and photographs are available on the Massachusetts Envirothon website at
You can register for one or both workshops by sending me an e-mail Debi Hogan
Although the date and location have not yet been set for the 2007 Massachusetts Envirothon, we are looking at the second week in May and a site that will match well with the renewable and alternative energy topic.


Nationally, the Envirothon Program has become the foundation for environmental- education programs in schools across the country. The Massachusetts Envirothon, now in its 20th year, is a natural-resource program for high-school age students. Teams comprised of five students represent their school or community organization in a state-wide environmental competition. The program is designed to stimulate an awareness of the interdependence of various natural resources within the environment.

The Envirothon is more than an environmental competition. Through workshops for coaches and team members, an environmental curriculum, resource materials and professional contacts the program assists educators in developing a year-round environmental-education program. The current-issue topic and a community-awards program ask students to focus on the environmental resources of their own community.

Debi Hogan
Massachusetts Envirothon

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