Welcome to the Worcester County Conservation District

Mass Envirothon

The first Envirothon in Massachusetts began in 1987 and was held on district property, Buck Hill Conservation Center in Spencer, with five participating teams. Today our partnership continues to play an important role for the District. We provide outreach and assistance to Worcester County teams, Supervisors volunteer as judges at the event and our Administrator sits as Treasurer of the Steering Committee.

This years Massachusetts Envirothon event will be held on Friday, May 18th at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, 287 Oak Street in Uxbridge. To learn more about getting involved or how to form a team, visit https://massenvirothon.org/get-involved/

Organized teams located in Worcester County may be eligible to apply to WCCD’s Mini Grant program  for financial assistance with registration and transportation costs.

The WCCD Mini Grant is a onetime award with a maximum of $175.00/team to be used toward registration and/or transportations costs needed to participate in the 2018 Massachusetts Envirothon event.

Recipients must match 50% in funds if award is used toward registration costs.

Teams need to be affiliated with an organization located within Worcester County.

Applicants need to provide an explanation of their need. Preference will be given to teams in towns which meet the criteria located within an environmental justice community.

Request deadline is extended to February 15, 2018.

Contact Lisa.trotto@ma.usda.gov for more information or download and complete the application 2018 WCCD_ ENV Mini_Grant Application

    
     
   
     
      

 

 

        
       
      
     
      

 

 

        
   

 

         
       
         

 

 

       
      
        
   
   

 

 

 

         
     
      
      
       

“For years, the Envirothon has been challenging Massachusetts students in an effort to educate and prepare solutions for environmental,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “By engaging today’s youth on subjects such as farming, we are ensuring the next generation will have the passion, dedication, and desire to ensure Massachusetts’ agricultural sector continues to thrive in every region of the state.”

 

“These teams work hard getting to know their local ecosystems and how their communities depend on them. We test their scientific knowledge, but we also like to hear their stories about how they have gotten muddy, cold, and tired, and otherwise had fun and fallen in love with nature in their neighborhood. The best hope for the future comes from engaged, scientifically literate citizens who care about their communities and the environment,” said Massachusetts Envirothon Steering Committee Chair Will Snyder of the University of Massachusetts Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.

 

“Envirothon makes environment science relevant to students’ lives by connecting them to real places, real environmental issues, and real people who are working to protect the environment. It demonstrates how scientific understanding of how natural systems work can inform and inspire solutions to the environmental challenges we face today and in the future,” said Kris Scopinich, Director of Education, Mass Audubon. “We could not be more thrilled to have hosted the next generation of conservation leaders at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm. These students inspire all of us and keep us hopeful for our future.”

 

“The Envirothon is more than just a competition about environmental knowledge.  Many teams have taken what they’ve learned and put it to work in an action/service project in their community.  The program aims to prepare the next generation for the stewardship work that needs to be done,” said Snyder. “And this annual competition actually becomes a festive gathering of the environmental community of Massachusetts. At informal lunchtime roundtables after the competition, teams will share stories from their EnviroTreks – places they visited, people they talked to, outdoor experiences, and service projects – during the past year.”

 

The 2017 Massachusetts Envirothon was made possible through the contributions of partnering agencies and organizations, including financial support from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, the Massachusetts Grange, Environmental Business Council of New England, Wegman’s supermarkets and local conservation districts.

 

Fifteen federal and state environmental agencies, conservation districts, non-profit organizations, higher educational institutions, and businesses provide expertise and help organize the event. Dozens of volunteers were also on hand to handle all the event logistics from setting up tents, tables and chairs, checking-in teams, serving food, scoring tests and cleaning up.

 

For more information on the Massachusetts Envirothon visit www.massenvirothon.org.