More than 200 Massachusetts High School Students Expected at UMass Extension’s Envirothon Fall Workshop in Amherst


DATE:      Wednesday, Nov. 15

TIME:       8:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

WHERE:  Lower level, UMass Amherst Campus Center

The statewide environmental education program for high school students and their advisors will hold its fall workshop at UMass Amherst on Nov. 15 to kick off its 2017-18 season focused on “Partnering with Nature in Watersheds.” About 250 students and their advisors from 19 Massachusetts high schools are expected to attend.

Media are invited to cover events such as a tree measurement workshop, a tour of the green roof at the Integrated Learning Center, and a study tour of the stormwater management system at the new John W. Olver Design Building.


Tree measurement with Joe Perry, forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. How to measure height, diameter and determine board foot volume. Workshops start at 12:20 and 1:25 p.m.; meet at lower level Campus Center.

Tour of the living, sustainable green roof, a technique inspired by indigenous people, designed to control stormwater at the Integrated Learning Center. Led by Lauren Healey of the UMass Amherst department of environmental conservation. Tours start at 12:20 and 1:25 p.m.; meet at lower level Campus Center.

Study tour of the state-of-the-art “living laboratory” – the John W. Olver Design Building – for engineered wood building products by Peggi Clouston. Also tours led by others of rain and roof gardens that control stormwater. Starts at 12:20 in the John W. Olver Design Building.

Other workshops will address wetlands protection, green building and infrastructure, watershed pollution remedies and community advocacy.