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. There will be more details on the competitions to come! In the meantime, 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.
The Connecticut Envirothon relies on the generous contribution of funds and in-kind services to support its yearly programs of student workshops, teacher resources, and the annual field event. Recent and continuing reductions in state and federal funding have left the future of this program in peril, at a time when program benefits are vital. These donations allow us to provide a variety of resource based high quality educational programming to high school students and teachers. Please help by spreading this message and visiting the 'Get Involved/Contribute' tab above.