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Faculty & Staff Newsletter

January 2020

Participants at Envirothon session Mass. Envirothon Competition Enters 32nd Year

The Envirothon is North America’s leading natural resources education program for high school students. A competition between high-school based teams, this program emphasizes hands-on, team-oriented problem solving and community involvement to prepare young people for environmental careers and active citizenship. Extension educator Will Snyder leads this effort for Massachusetts. In late October, this year’s Envirothon kicked off with high school students from across the state gathering at the UMass Campus Center to learn from environmental experts in various fields. A “current topic” that changes every year allows teams to focus much of their effort on a single issue, while also learning about wider environmental concerns. This year’s current topic is “Sustainable Safe Water Supply.” The student teams work on their projects during the school year. The process culminates with an annual gathering and competition each May for all the teams in Massachusetts, to be held this year on Thursday, May 14 at the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown. Winners of the state and provincial competitions go on to compete in an event for the United States and Canada.