Envirothon Education Materials

The following information was gathered by Mary Hendrix at DNRC to provide alternative education in the wake of the 2020 Envirothon cancellation.

Here are additional online resources for you, your Envirothon teachers and students. Some of these links are from other states and their Envirothon curriculum, but I think there’s some value in learning from other places. There’s a lot here and I hope it’s useful information.

YouTube videos from Kentucky (Although these videos are done by the University of Kentucky, they’re not really Kentucky-specific).

How to Measure Tree using a Biltmore Stick – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8kzuq6ecKI
Tree Identification Overview – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMRp8W1Q6b4
Identifying Trees Using a Dichotomous Key –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGSW8aFvr_Q
Leaf Characteristics – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTZQrVGtDxM
Leaf Arrangement – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZYNuJAdVvw
Leaf Form – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHzlUjeZIQI
Leaf Margins – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkMjYJCdmF0
Additional Tree Characteristics – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOk2TLFc3DA
Tree Id – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ExXUL-Kck

Envirothon Education Resources

The North Carolina Envirothon has some training videos and podcasts that can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/envirothonnc/study-resources/videos [sites.google.com]

The Pennsylvania Envirothon has some training videos for Wildlife and Soils, found under the “Learning Enhancements” tab: https://www.envirothonpa.org/station/wildlife/ [envirothonpa.org]  https://www.envirothonpa.org/station/soils-and-land-use/ [envirothonpa.org]

 The Manitoba Envirothon has some resources and training videos for the different topics here: https://www.thinktrees.org/what-we-do/manitoba-envirothon/ [thinktrees.org]

 The Connecticut Envirothon has some interactive resources for the natural resource areas: http://ctenvirothon.org/study-guides/ [ctenvirothon.org]

 Forests Ontario has some Envirothon-specific training videos on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ontforest/playlists [youtube.com]

The North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) has compiled lists of environmental resources: https://naaee.org/our-work/programs/covid-19-resources-tips-and-support [naaee.org]

Project Learning Tree has resources available focusing on plants and forests: https://www.plt.org/ [plt.org]

Project WET has some lesson plans and resources available for Aquatic Ecology and other water-related topics: https://www.projectwet.org/resources [projectwet.org]

Project WILD has some guidelines for field activities: https://www.fishwildlife.org/projectwild/remote-wild [fishwildlife.org]

The North Carolina Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs has several links on their resources page as well as a searchable online resource database: https://www.eenorthcarolina.org/educator-resources/curriculum-and-lesson-plans [eenorthcarolina.org]

 The National Science Teaching Association has many resources available, and is currently offering a free 30-day membership: https://www.nsta.org/ [nsta.org]

 The US EPA has some activities available: https://www.epa.gov/new-bedford-harbor/environmental-education-resources-teachers-and-students [epa.gov]

 National Environmental Education Foundation has some home-based learning resources and some educator toolkits: https://www.neefusa.org/education [neefusa.org]

Employee and Supervisor of the Year Award Nominations

The time has come to nominate outstanding conservation district employees and supervisors for the MACDEO’s annual Employee and Supervisor of the Year Awards. Nominations are due by September 1, and awards will be presented at the annual MACD convention in November.

This is a great opportunity to recognize the hard work that goes into forwarding our mission of local, common sense conservation.

2019 Nomination Info & Forms

SWAT 2019

At the 2019 Statewide Administrators Training, participants were asked to write down their “why” they work for conservation districts. The following PowerPoint presentation has all of those “whys” put together – it’s a great reminder of why we all do the work that we do!


MACDEO Meeting Minutes, June 3, 2019 *Draft*

The MACD Employees Organization met on June 3, 2019 at the Arrowpeak Lodge, in conjunction with the Statewide Administrators Training. Topics discussed included the new Employee Health Insurance option, the Rangeland Resource program, appointment of an Acting Vice Chairman, the annual Poster Contest, and plans for the upcoming MACD Annual Convention.

Read the full minutes here: MACDEO meeting 6-3-19