- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for Newton North High School wins 2018 Envirothon
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
Two hundred students from 27 Massachusetts communities converged at the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge on Friday, May 18th to compete in the 31st annual Massachusetts Envirothon. At the event, teams presented what they’ve learned about watersheds, water infrastructure and the impace of recent damaging storms in their community, and formulating steps their local leaders can take to protect land and water ecosystems in the watershed and tested their knowledge of the area’s soils, forests, water, and wildlife. Top honors went to a team of students from Newton North High School.
At the outdoor field competition event, teams rotated through four “ecostations” where they answered written questions and engaged in hands-on activities such as soil analysis, wildlife habitat assessment, tree identification, and water quality measures. Each team had up to 10 participants and split into specialized sub-teams during the competition, each focusing their efforts at different ecostations.
At the fifth station, the Current Issue, each team gave a 15 minute presentation to a panel of judges about their research into “Partnering with Nature in Watershed’s” in their own community. Each panel of judges included concerned citizens and environmental professionals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, academia and private industry. Teams were asked to assess water infrastructure resources and needs, identify an important partnering opportunity, and make specific recommendations for action.
For more information on the Massachusetts Envirothon visit www.massenvirothon.org.