Envirothon is a high school curriculum-based outdoor education and competition event at the local level.
Envirothon gets students outdoors, to experience nature first hand and hands on. It is a unique team competition that rewards students for learning about the natural world around them. Local conservation organizations partner to provide students with interactive field trips and workshops to help them understand forests, soils, wildlife, aquatic ecosystems and the human impact on all of the things we value in nature. Envirothon uses field testing to develop critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.
Bruce Power donated $1,500 to the annual event.
Ontario Envirothon’s goal is
“”to build environmental awareness and leadership among young people through practical, hands-on educational experiences, enabling them to make informed, responsible decisions that benefit the earth and society.””
The objectives are:
•to increase students’ awareness of the natural balance and complexity of environmental ecosystems
•to increase students’ understanding of basic science concepts in the areas of forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and soil, together with a current environmental issue each year
•to provide opportunity for students to experience differing views and concepts relative to environmental issues
•to provide opportunity for students to experience new ideas, geography, and cultures throughout Ontario and North America
In Grey and Bruce counties, this is a partnership between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Stewardship Grey Bruce.
The winning regional team goes on to a provincial competition organized by Forests Ontario, bringing together all teams from across the province. The winning provincial team then goes on to an international competition, usually held within the U.S.