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MD Envirothon

The envirothon is a fun and exciting way for high school students in grades 9-12forest-test to learn about the natural world around us. Envirothon teams are made up of 5 students who work together to study Maryland’s natural resources over the course of the school year. All topics are very hands-on and include practical skills and the trainings are taught by experts in each field.

Topics include:

Aquatics– Students explore complex under-water ecosystems with marine and freshwater biologists. They also learn how wetlands and buffers contribute to healthy streams.

Forestry– Maryland foresters will teach how to identify tree species and determine a tree’s height and age. Students also learn management techniques for healthy and productive forestry resources.

Soils– Students work alongside soil scientists to learn about profiling and mapping techniques used to determine soil characteristics for farming and developing activities.

Wildlife– Students learn first hand from wildlife managers about animal populations and dynamics in Maryland and the importance of preserving wildlife habitat.

5th Issue– Every year there is a different current environmental topic. Past topics include urban trees, conservation and agriculture, invasive species, and many more.

The first wave of competitions begins in the spring with local teams competing for the county Envirothon title. The county winner advances to the statewide Maryland Envirothon. This 2 day competition is usually held in June and features a hands-on training day in all 5 resource areas as well as number of fun events including a pizza and ice cream party. The winner of the Maryland Envirothon earns the right to represent the state at the North American Envirothon.

This year, the North American Envirothon will be hosted by the Maryland 2017 Envirothon Committee.





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