The 2020-2021 Connecticut Envirothon will be virtual!
Both the State and National Annual programs will be held virtually this year due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. The Connecticut Competition format can be found under the "2021 Competition" > "General Information" tab. And be sure to check out our Virtual Workshop Series under the "Monthly Workshop Series" tab above.
Five Core Topics
Envirothon students will learn about the importance of soil in natural resource – management and the inter relationships between soil, water, and other resources. Soil provides a growth medium for all plant life, including food and energy resources. Soil also provides habitat, filters and retains water.
Envirothon students learn through hands-on training with experts how to identify organisms from the Sound, fresh water streams/ponds, and vernal pools. Workshops cover skills and information necessary to protect our most vital natural resource from stormwater runoff, aquifer over-drawdown, invasive species and other negative impacts.
Diverse wildlife populations are valuable from many standpoints, as indicators of a healthy ecosystem, as well as recreation, and aesthetics. Understanding a species’ habits and needs is the first step in ensuring its survival. Proper protection and management of an animal’s habitat encourages optimum populations.
Envirothon students will explore the dynamics, management and value of forest ecosystems with the help of professional foresters. Using the same tools that foresters use, they learn the basics of tree identification, tree and forest measurements and forest management strategies.
Current Issue Scenario
The current issue changes annually and reflects real issues facing environmental professionals. Envirothon students receive relevant topic information at a specially designed workshop. For the Envirothon event, students – prepare and present their solutions to the current issue challenge to a panel of judges.
Connecticut Envirothon Diversity Statement
The Connecticut Envirothon welcomes and encourages the participation of all high school students and advisors in its mission to increase environmental awareness and stewardship. In our educational activities and team competition, we are committed to four principles (the "JEDI" principles): (1) Justice - Dismantling barriers to resources and opportunities, (2) Equity - Allocating resources to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities, (3) Diversity - Recognizing and valuing differences in human experience, culture, knowledge, interests, and appearance, (4) Inclusion - Fostering a sense of belonging. We also commit to increasing representational diversity on our Steering Committee, and in our invited speakers, volunteers, and sponsorships. Connecticut Envirothon recognizes the challenging work ahead and promises our best effort as we move forward together to provide an equitable and inclusive opportunity for all.