2023 Current Issue
Adapting to a Changing Climate
NH ENVIROTHON COMPETITION
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Each year, the NH Envirothon hosts an annual competition for high school teens in five categories: Soils and Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Forestry, and a Current Environmental Issue.
Whether your school has had a team before or you are just getting started, try it out.
It's an amazing experience!
There is lots of time to get a team together and start training. Join the fun!
At the Aquatic Ecology 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.
The 2023 Current Environmental Issue theme is Adapting to a Changing Climate.
During the competition, each Envirothon team must meet the criteria in this year's challenge to solve the problem and then conduct an oral presentation on the Current Environmental Issue.
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.
At the Soils to Land Use 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 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.