Calendar Of Events
Workshops are for Students and Advisors!
Saturday October 21st – Current Issue and Forestry Workshops and Teacher Orientation
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at the Tolland Agricultural Canter (TAC), 24 Hyde Ave in Vernon
Forestry – Multiple live tree and shrub specimens will be examined in the field, insect pests and diseases, tree fruits, and wood samples will be displayed with keys provided. Forest ecology and silvacultural practices will be demonstrated in the field.
Current Issue – Presenters will discuss endangered species and conservation and use of natural resources in western rangelands; Eastern pasture vs. Western rangeland; use of grasslands and conservation of grassland species in Connecticut; pollinator conservation in rangelands and in Connecticut.
Orientation – While students enjoy a field exploration, an orientation to the Envirothon program will be held for the teachers.
Saturday January 13th – Aquatics Workshop
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at a Connecticut River Academy, 9 Riverside Drive in East Hartford
Work with water resource professionals and aquatic ecologists who will provide hands-on activities including species identification of fish, insects, crustaceans using keys, and explore watershed systems and wetland environments. You will learn how we protect wetland soils in CT and why wetland soils and aquatic systems are so important to water conservation, including water quantity and quality.
Saturday March 17th – Wildlife Workshop
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington
There will be many opportunities to learn about Connecticut’s wildlife resource. There will be both indoor and outdoor activities. Students will have an opportunity view educational wildlife exhibits, collections of mammal skins, bird mounts, and skulls. Wildlife experts will be on hand to discuss a variety of wildlife topics. Speaker/presentation information will be available closer to the workshop date.
Saturday April 21st – Soils Workshop
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Tolland County Agricultural Center in Vernon
Study soils – from the ground down. Work with soil scientists and conservationists to learn more about the importance of soils in the natural (and unnatural) world. You’ll be getting your hands dirty!! Brush up on basic soils skills, learn about earthworms, examine a soil pit, participate in a mock Envirothon soil station exam, and hone your map reading skills. They are a non-renewable natural resource, so you will learn methods of estimating soil loss and practical methods to preserve them.
Thursday May 24th – Envirothon Field Day Competition- at Topsmead State Forest, Litchfield, CT.
Students will be challenged in field settings.