Outdoors All Year Long
Vilas Middle School and Fall Mountain Regional High School students have been going outside to learn and explore all year long through monthly field studies that focused on natural resources. Area specialists came in to teach on the following topics: soils, aquatics, forestry, and wildlife. They dug up soil and looked at the layers, learned how to identify and measure trees, touched and smelled mammal skins and skulls, tracked animals through the snow, and assessed the health of ponds and rivers through chemical tests and biotic surveys.
The NH Envirothon program tests middle and high school students' knowledge on each of these topics every May. This year, Newport Middle/High School brought 3 teams (2 middle and 1 high) to the event in Concord. Teams are made up of 4-6 students each. Some high schools enter their whole environmental science class or biology class in the competition. Others, like Newport Middle school bring their after school ecology club. Winners of the NH Envirothon move onto regional and state competitions where they can win scholarships to college.
SCCD provides some training for this event to Sullivan County students who are interested in participating in the Envirothon as a team. Just let us know!