NH ENVIROTHON COMPETITION
Each year, the NH Envirothon hosts an annual competition for high school teens in five categories: Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife, Forestry, and a Current Environmental Issue.
During the competition, each Envirothon team must conduct an oral presentation on the Current Issue. This year's Current Issue is focused upon water resources in the Granite State. For more information, guiding questions, and a list of resources, visit the 2020 Current Issue page.
At the soil station, each Envirothon team will be judged on their knowledge of soil properties, soil biology, landforms and parent material, soil maps, and interpretations. A soil profile will be excavated and available for students to describe horizons, structure, permeability, depth to water table, color, and other features.
At the aquatics station, each team will be judged on their knowledge of the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, water chemistry, aquatic macro-invertebrates, seacoast, estuaries, lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers, mapping technologies, assessing impacts to aquatic ecosystems and designing best management practices to mitigate those impacts. This includes a written test and a hands on portion.
At the wildlife station, each Envirothon team will be judged on their knowledge of general wildlife biology and basic wildlife management, including basic ecology and habitat management concepts and principles. This includes both a written test and a hands on portion.
At the forestry station, each Envirothon team will be judged on their knowledge of forest types, diversity and use, composition of forests, identification and characteristics, important insects and diseases of New Hampshire forests, and the benefits of forest land and forest management practices. As with the other stations, Forestry includes both a written test and a hands on portion.