After winning the state-wide competition in Montana, our Bitterroot Team is headed to the international competition in Canada!
Envirothon is a competition for high school students based on environmental education involving range, soils, aquatics, wildlife, and forestry. Students compete by taking tests about those topics and work toward solving current issues in the natural environment.
Hamilton students study all year to learn the details of their focus topic. They work with mentors, take field trips, and research to increase their knowledge. The HHS team has been successful through the years, thanks to dedicated professionals investing in youth.
The students learned from multiple experts for their project that focused on climate change:
- a climatology expert from Montana
- several hydrologists
- retired Fisheries Biologist, Chris Clancy, talked about the data that shows the Bitterroot River changes and how it affects the fish population.
BCAG is proud to have supported the HHS Envirothon team with a contribution to help cover their travel expenses.
“The students were given a lot of scientific information and data — the results of scientific studies to show it is undeniable that our climate is changing,” said Marie Antonioli, HHS teacher. She described their challenge as: “How do we adapt our forestry practices to ensure the health of the forest but also to help people live near the forest?”
An article about the Envirothon team can be found here at Ravalli Republic.