How the Envirothon Works A Basic Introduction for Our Team
We will prepare this year • To compete at a one day State environmental competition in May • High School students from all over Massachusetts will be there • ~500 people!
A basic understanding of ecosystems is essential • FIRST STEP • Identifying: • Plants • Animals • Soils • Aquatic organisms
This is why the Envirothon program works • Students (no coach/teacher help!) work with their team of five to: • Answer 25 questions per ecostation that involve: • Plant, Animal, Soils, & Aquatics ID • Along with a basic understanding of the environment
5 basic topics in competition • 5 basic topics in competition• Forestry Ecostation- 75 points • Wildlife Ecostation- 75 points • Soils Ecostation- 75 points• Aquatics Ecostation- 75 points (All ecostations, 25 questions, 3 points each)• Current Issue Presentation - 100 points (15 minute presentation by students with 10 minutes of questions by judges) • So… 75% of team score is ecostation tests, 25% of score is the presentation (based on your research and community work on the Current Issue)
Forestry • Native trees/shrubs • Latin names • Common names • Winter buds are critical! • leaves, bark, fruit • Typical habitat • Learn to use the field guide book! • You can use it at the competition
Wildlife • Tracks • Scat • Fur/hair • Bones/skulls • Evidence of feeding • Dens • Sounds • Movement • Behavior Fisher Turkey tracks Deer scat
Soils • Understand the basic soil types • Parent material • How they feel • Colors • Size of particles • Where typically found • Soil profiles- soil pit Envirothon Ecostation Team identifies soils
Digging a soil pit • Allows you to see the soil profile
Aquatics • Collect & ID aquatic insects & plants • Record any other aquatic life forms found (amphibians) • Measure stream flow • Oxygen concentration • pH • Understanding the importance of wetlands • Where is your watershed?
Current Issue • Research- understand the issue basics • Get to know your community:• Interview• Collect data• Write • Debate • Perfect your public speaking • Find an issue that really interests you and is a practical step for your community • Implement!
Put all of your work on the Current Issue together • Each team member should speak (~3 minutes/student x 5 students = 15 minutes) • Practice! • Anticipate questions • Each student be prepared to answer a question
Whether you win or not • You’ll discover that winning isn’t as important as what you will learn about the environment • Guaranteed to change your world! :) • Have FUN!