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Envirothon

Welcome to the Ontario South West Region Envirothon

This region includes the following school boards: Thames Valley District School Board, London District Catholic School Board, St. Clair District School Board, Lambton-Kent District School Board, Greater Essex Country School Board, St. Clair Catholic District School Board, and Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Provincial Envirothon will be held virtually. More information on the Provincial Envirothon will be provided at a later date.

Every year, the South West Region is hosted at the Springwater Conservation Area (just outside of Aylmer, Ontario). However, due to the pandemic, this year we will be hosting our regional Envirothon virtually! The layout of this Envirothon will be slightly different, but has allowed more accessibility to participating school boards. We hope by hosting the 2021 South West Region Envirothon virtually, more schools will be able to participate (dependent, of course, on COVID-19 and health unit guidelines).

On this website you will find links to resources, videos, as well as information regarding our competition. Information will be posting periodically, so please keep checking back! If you have any questions regarding the South West Region’s Envirothon, please contact Ron Casier at ronjcasier@gmail.com

Want to learn more on how Envirothon helps high school students meet learning objectives through this educational opportunity? Read more here

The following links provide more information and resources for all Five of the Topics

 

Climate Change: Nature-Based Solutions

From the Forests Ontario Website:

“From forests to cities to wetlands, climate change is impacting natural and man-made systems around the world. A complex and widespread societal challenge, we need solutions that address climate change issues from multiple angles – and nature-based solutions could be part of the answer.

Nature-based solutions are a broad category of actions that work with, and help to enhance, natural systems to address challenges such as a loss of biodiversity and ecosystem degradation. The 2021 Ontario Envirothon program will focus on this emerging area to explore how natural systems can be used to capture carbon and mitigate climate change impacts.”

Forests Ontario’s (PDF) dive into nature-based solutions for combatting climate change

Nature Canada’s article providing an overview of the Government of Canada’s plan at including nature-based solutions in their action against climate change

World Wildlife Fund’s overview of Nature-Based Solutions

United Nations Article about how companies/organizations can assist in advocating and bringing nature-based solutions to the foreground for climate change solutions

ICUN Nature-Based Climate Solutions

Scientific Articles on Nature-based Solutions:

  1. “Understanding the value and limits of nature-based solutions to climate change and other global challenges”
  2. “Environmental and climate policy integration: Targeted strategies for overcoming barriers to nature-based solutions and climate change adaptation”

 

Aquatics

Forests Ontario Aquatics Study Guide (a lot of resources are listed in the References at the end as well)

Benthic MacroInvertebrates/Other Species:

Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority’s Overview of Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority Overview of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Monitoring

Learn with Ranger Em, Exploring the Aquatic World! VIDEO

Upper Thames Region Conservation Authority, Why Protect Aquatic Species at Risk, VIDEO

Surface/Groundwater Monitoring:

Kettle Creek Conservation Authority Overview of Surface and Groundwater Monitoring

Ontario Government on Protecting our Source Water (Drinking Water)

 

Soils

Forests Ontario Soils Study Guide (a lot of resources are listed in the References at the end as well)

Ontario Government: New Horizons: Ontario’s Agricultural Soil Health and Conservation Strategy

OMAFRA Soil Health (resources found on this page)

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Soil Health Monitoring

Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Preserving and Restoring Healthy Soil: Best Practices for Urban Construction

Learn with Ranger Em, The Dirt on SOIL! VIDEO

Upper Thames Region Conservation Authority VIDEO, Cover Crops Example Farm, links aquatics and soils

 

Wildlife

Forests Ontario Wildlife Study Guide (a lot of resources are listed in the References at the end as well)

iNaturalist, Identifying Ontario’s Mammals

Carolinian Canada, list of resources for identifying Ontario’s wildlife

Humber College, Getting to Know Ontario’s Wildlife

 

Forestry

Forests Ontario Forestry Study Guide (a lot of resources are listed in the References at the end as well)

Ontario Government, Forest Management Planning

Canada Government, More Information Regarding Sustainable Forestry in Canada

Upper Thames Region Conservation Authority VIDEO, shows how you can use tree planting to assist with aquatic/stream health