Calendar Of Events
Workshops are for Students and Advisors!
Saturday October 13th – Forestry Workshop and Orientation
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Tolland Agricultural Center (TAC) in Vernon
Examine tools and equipment used by foresters in the field. Work outdoors with forest professionals to practice using the measuring tools they use to determine tree diameter and merchantable height, and estimate board-foot volume. Learn to identify some common CT tree and shrub species as well as some diseases and pests affecting them. Attend presentations about forest ecology, the differences between various silvicultural systems and treatments, the values, benefits and incredible products Connecticut forests provide, and a current issue connection about new technologies that are helping to support forest management. Orientation – During the field activities, an Envirothon program orientation to the will be available to interested teachers.
Saturday October 27th – Soils Workshop
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at Tolland County Agricultural Center (TAC) 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.
Saturday January 19th, 2019 – Aquatics Workshop
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM at 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 30th, 2019 – 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.
Thursday May 16th, 2019 – Envirothon Field Day Competition- Details TBA.
Students will be challenged in field settings.