Envirothon is focused on four core topics: Forestry, Soils, Aquatics and Wildlife. Study Guides are available below to help prepare students for their local competitions and the Ontario Envirothon Championship. These guides are great for any classroom and introduce key concepts like carrying capacity, soil profiles, forest management and water quality assessment. These guides, in combination with local workshops, are the basis for the testing component of Envirothon. We are also excited to be introducing webinars this year focused on core Envirothon topics – click here for more info.
What do you need to know for the competition? To discover more about what you need to know for the Envirothon competition, download the Learning Objectives.
Envirothon allows you to explore a current environmental issue each year and relate it to the core Envirothon topics (forestry, soils, wildlife and aquatics). Forests Ontario prepares materials on the Current Issue each year with examples and case studies specific to Ontario and Canada.
- Click here for a copy of the 2017 Current Issue Learning Objectives
- Click here for the 2017 Current Issue Study Guide
2017: Sustainable Farming
A century ago, over half of Canada’s population was farmers. Today, with a population of 35 million, there are less than 730,000 farmers – just over 2% of the population – across the country (Farm and Food Care Canada, 2014) Despite this, the agriculture and agri-food industry contributes over $100 billion annually to Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP) and worldwide we are the 5th largest agricultural exporter (Farm and Food Care Canada, 2014).
Urbanization has lead to an increasing disconnect and misunderstanding of where our food comes from and the important role farmers play in providing the food we need to survive. Farmers not only play a critical role in providing us with food, but also act as stewards of the landscape and contribute to conservation efforts to protect and enhance our natural ecosystems. They play a vital role in maintaining and improving soil health, water and air quality, providing increased wildlife and pollinator habitat, sequestration of carbon, and conserving water and energy.
Voluntary efforts, provincial and federal government incentives, as well as information to farmers can improve the sustainability of their practices. This year’s Envirothon Current Issue will focus on best management practices and programs farmers use to balance the environment with food production.