A new Envirothon season is just around the corner and it’s going to be a big one! For the first time ever the North American Envirothon (NAE) will be coming to Ontario and Forests Ontario is excited to showcase our program and province to Envirothon supporters from across Canada and the United States. From July 24-29, over 500 students, teachers, volunteers and visitors will be coming to Ontario to take part in the championship event at Trent University in Peterborough.
The North American Envirothon challenges youth to get outdoors and learn more about the natural world around them while building important teamwork, communication and problem solving skills. The Envirothon is an ideal stepping stone for students with an interest in pursuing post-secondary studies and careers in resource management and the environmental sciences. Working alongside resource professionals, students gain exposure to the wide range of rewarding careers available in these fields as well as the skills and knowledge to pursue these opportunities.
Each year in addition to soils, wildlife, forestry and aquatics, an emerging issue of particular importance is highlighted. In 2016 the topic is Invasive Species – A Challenge to the Environment, Economy and Society. In fall 2015, Forests Ontario launched a study guide to help all students study and prepare for this part of the competition. The study guide is available online and has been sent across North America to ensure that this important issue is a staple of this year’s Envirothon teachings.
The North American Envirothon program operates in over 50 states and provinces, with the scope of the program ranging in different regions and reaching an overall audience of over 500,000 students, teachers and volunteers. If you are interested in getting directly involved with the 2016 North American Envirothon or with the Ontario Envirothon program, contact Forests Ontario at email@example.com. Volunteer, partnership and sponsorship opportunities are available.
Article contributed by Jessica Kaknevicius, Education Programs Manager, Forests Ontario