2017 Niagara Envirothon
March 8th 2017 - Indoor learning day @ Ball's Falls Conservation Area
April 19th 2017 - Outdoor workshop @ Ball's Falls Conservation Area
May 3rd 2017 - Envirothon Competition day @ Ball's Falls Conservation Area
*Note: teams must attend the workshop to compete on May 3rd
The Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental education competition. This unique program reaches more than 500,000 students across North America annually; and it’s now being offered to high-school students throughout Niagara!
Since 2008, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority has been coordinating a great outdoor education program called the Niagara Envirothon in partnership with Niagara Restoration Council, Land Care Niagara, Heartland Forest and local naturalist clubs. In 2016 a portion of funding was generously provided by Ontario Power Generation and Forests Ontario.
The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental problem-solving competition for high school-aged students in the United States and Canada. Participating teams complete training and testing in five natural resource categories: soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues. This program is run over two days. The first day consists of a workshop where a minimum of 10 professional volunteers offer to teach students about the five natural resource categories listed above. Eco stations are set-up outdoors and relevant tools and equipment are provided so students have an opportunity to look, learn and actually use the equipment. The second day is a testing day where the students compete for an opportunity to move on to the provincial Envirothon level. The Ontario Envirothon is held in May each year and is run by the Ontario Forestry Association (www.ontarioenvirothon.on.ca).
The technical workshop allows the students to interact with professionals in environmental disciplines from our region. The Niagara Envirothon is a way to enhance student learning and foster potential environmental leaders within our communities. As future leaders, they may one day form policies and promote programs to protect, enhance and restore our environment while promoting public appreciation.
Program Contact: Kerry Royer, 905-788-3135 x234 or firstname.lastname@example.org