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2020: Waste Management

2020: Waste Management

Forest Education Resources

An indicator of a healthy ecosystem is its ability to naturally decompose wastes into smaller base components – for example, water, minerals, and nutrients – which are ultimately recycled back into the environment. Compared to other organisms, humans generate a variety of wastes that cannot be processed by natural systems, and as such must be managed through collective human action. Effective waste management systems must engage multiple stakeholders on several fronts and include education, hazard reduction and waste diversion components.

This guide will explore several waste management systems including landfill, compost and recycling programs, incineration, and reduction-diversion strategies.

 

  • Indoor
  • biology
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Study Guides
2019: Agroecology

2019: Agroecology

Forest Education Resources

Broadly speaking, agroecology is the application of ecological concepts and principles to agriculture. Agroecology as a system optimizes interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment while safeguarding the social aspects of a sustainable and fair food system. It is believed that agroecology can deliver food security and ecosystem health, while still promoting economic stability. In saying this, agroecology is location and situation specific – there is not a “one size fits all” approach. Rather, it offers a set of principles to govern food and farming systems – approaches that can be locally-adapted and regionally applied.

With increasing pressure on ecosystems and biodiversity, the demand for sustainable farming practices has never been greater. Through this study guide students will be introduced to agroecology, its key principals and the benefits of agroecology.

  • Indoor
  • Agriculture
  • biology
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Study Guides
2018: Climate Change

2018: Climate Change

Forest Education Resources

Climate change is characterized by an alteration in global or regional climate patterns. It is currently projected that by 2050 average temperatures will rise between 2.5°C-3.7 °C. It is crucial that countries take united action in order to combat the global increase in temperature. If no action is taken, countries across the globe will experience, among others, degraded water supplies, reduced biodiversity, and increased threats to human health as a result of smog and disease intensities.

While climate change does present significant challenges ahead, it also provides an opportunity for innovation and creative problem solving. Canada has the potential to become a world leader in the fight against climate change thanks to the expansion of the global green economy and increasing public interest.

  • Indoor
  • biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Study Guides
2017: Sustainable Farming

2017: Sustainable Farming

Forest Education Resources

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 Study Guide will focus on best management practices and programs farmers use to balance the environment with food production.

  • Indoors
  • biology
  • Geography
  • Science
  • Study Guides
Rockin’ in the Real World: An Introduction to Aggregate Resources in Ontario

Rockin’ in the Real World: An Introduction to Aggregate Resources in Ontario

Forest Education Resources

Aggregates play an important role in our daily lives. From the construction of roads and buildings, to cleaning sewage systems, aggregates are used in a variety of ways; however their extraction can pose serious environmental challenges.  This resource will explore the role of aggregates in society, the extraction process and how the environmental impacts of their removal are mitigated.

  • Science
  • Study Guides
What lies beneath… your feet!

What lies beneath… your feet!

Forest Education Resources

This fantastic resource is all you need to learn about soils – from how soils develop, the impacts of climate change and invasive species, to the way that soils are classified. Filled with activities and information – a great resource for Envirothon.

  • biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Study Guides

Winter Tree Key

Forest Education Resources

This handy Ontario Envirothon resource introduces you to Winter Tree ID, great for preparing for the Forestry topic! The key uses identifying characteristics that can help you identify species in the winter, using buds.

  • Fact Sheets
  • Study Guides
2016: Invasive Species

2016: Invasive Species

Forest Education Resources

Invasive species pose a serious threat to the stability of ecosystems around the globe. Invasive species have been known to disrupt food webs, damage or destroy habitat and contribute to the decline of indigenous species at risk and in addition to their environmental impact, invasive species can have a significant impact on local economies. The 19th and 20th centuries have seen an exponential increase in the number of invasive species being intentionally and unintentionally introduced around the world through a variety of methods. Through this study guide students will learn about invasive species prevention, introduction, impact and management.

  • biology
  • Geography
  • Study Guides
Wildlife

Wildlife

Forest Education Resources

This Study Guide is to be used to help Ontario Envirothon teams prepare for the Ontario Envirothon Program.

  • Geography
  • Science
  • Study Guides
Forestry

Forestry

Forest Education Resources

This Study Guide is to be used to help Ontario Envirothon teams prepare for the Ontario Envirothon Program.