Calendar Of Events
Workshops are for Students and Advisors!
Thursday September 22nd – Teacher Orientation
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Drive in East Hartford.
Enjoy good food and exchange ideas with fellow educators and environmental professionals. You’ll leave prepared and energized for the program year ahead!
Saturday October 8th – Forestry Workshop
8:00 AM to 1:30 PM
at the Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, 337 East River Drive in East Hartford
PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: FORESTRY WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD AT GOODWIN COLLEGE, 211 Riverside Drive in East Hartford, CT 06118
A practice Forestry challenge will be available for teams to take as they arrive or prior to departure. Multiple live tree and shrub specimens, insect pests and diseases, tree fruits, and wood samples will be displayed with keys provided. Questions that apply to both CT and Maryland forests will be distributed before we officially start. The first presentation will focus on water and soil conservation and the important role that forest resources play in conserving these valuable natural resources. Experts from Yale, UConn and the CT DEEP will then run various workshops to be announced closer to the event.
Saturday October 22nd – 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. This year we hope to have you talk to a farmer or 2 about what conservation means to them. Soils play a major role in the 2017 current issue. They are a non-renewable natural resource, so you will learn methods of estimating soil loss and practical methods to preserve them. You will discover the properties of prime agricultural soils, and what can be done preserve these important soil characteristics to prepare you for the competition.
Saturday January 14th – 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 18th – Wildlife Workshop
8:00 AM to 12:30 PM at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area in Burlington
There will be many learning opportunities, with both indoors and outdoors activities that include viewing educational wildlife exhibits, collections of mammal skins, bird mounts, and skulls. A presentation on agricultural soil health by a soil health specialist from the USDA NRCS (Ray Covino) will be included.
Thursday May 18th – Envirothon Field Day Competition- Tolland County Agricultural Center (TAC), 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT. 7:15 am – 2:00pm.
Students will be challenged in field settings.