The Middlesex Conservation District has many resources in our office on conservation education topics. Teachers and environmental educators are welcome to look through our education files. In addition, the following items are available upon request.
- “What on Earth Is Soil” coloring book for grades K – 4 appropriate for copying. Send a self-addressed 9″ x 12″ envelope with 88 cents postage.
- “Bringing the Soil Survey into Your Classroom” one page flyer appropriate for teaching middle and high school students. Send a self-addressed stamped (44 cents) business envelope.
The Middlesex Conservation District is a sponsor and organizer of the Massachusetts Envirothon, a natural resource program for high school students. Teams comprised of five students represent their respective school or organization in a statewide environmental competition testing their knowledge of the ecology and the natural environment including: water, soils, wildlife, habitat management, agriculture, and a current environmental issue. The topic areas are combined at test site eco-stations, where students have the opportunity to look at the environment as a whole. For more information please visit the Massachusetts envirothon website
The Envirothon’s purpose is to:
- Cultivate a desire to learn more about our natural environment through competitive events
- Develop a greater appreciation of our dependence on the natural environment
- Provide students with experiences in environmental-oriented activities and problem solving
- Provide a sense of personal stewardship of natural resources.
A scholarship to the University of Massachusetts College of Natural Resources and the Environment is awarded each year to one senior applicant who has participated in the Envirothon program.
To learn more about the Massachusetts Envirothon, contact:
Brita Dempsey, Envirothon Coordinator
Soil Evaluator’s Workshop:
The Middlesex Conservation District, in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) as well as the Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA) and the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) periodically offers a Title 5 Soil Evaluator Certification Workshop. The workshop allows engineers, land surveyors, Board of Health members or agents, sanitarians, etc to gain expertise in soil identification, groundwater hydrology and topography and to enhance their ability to review and approve of disposal systems in Massachusetts. Passing both written and field tests is required for full certification by the DEP. For questions about the Soil Evaluator’s workshops, please call 978-303-8272 .
For more information on soil and water education material visit the following web sites.