The Envirothon NB program sounds great!
How do I become a team advisor?
Combining in-class curriculum and hands-on field experiences, the Envirothon NB program is an excellent way to supplement environmental education inside and outside the traditional classroom. Envirothon NB participants gain valuable knowledge and training in ecology and natural resource management principles and practices. Many students step away from the Envirothon experience excited about learning and motivated to pursue careers in environmental studies, environmental law, natural sciences, and natural resource management.
The key topics are linked well with the Sustainable Development Goals, the new GNB EECD Science curriculum, as well as Environmental Science, Advanced Environmental Science, Physical Geography, Forestry and Geology course outcomes.
The advisors benefit:
- Work with highly motivated students who take pride in conservation of our natural resources.
- Gain knowledge and resources from professionals, and other teachers during workshops and competitions.
- Experience of teaching hands-on information; show students how to learn through problem-solving by using critical thinking skills.
How do I find the time for advising a team?
Once you have made the commitment to coaching a team in preparation for the Envirothon NB competition, you will quickly discover that it’s worth every second you give to it. But don’t panic about how much time it will take. The advisor’s role is to provide guidance and assistance to the team’s preparation towards the Envirothon NB High School Competition and Middle School Challenge. The most important thing is a time commitment from the students!
Resources and Support
Envirothon NB is administered and coordinated by Science East under the guidance of the Provincial Steering Committee. At any time, we are available to answer your questions and provide you with guidance when you need it.
The Envirothon NB Provincial Steering Committee has developed learning resources and recruited natural resource professionals to assist with learning both in-class and outdoors! The study materials and virtual workshops cover the various subject areas within the guidelines of the Learning Objectives. Included are extensive study guides that provide information and references to help explore each topic. Advisors have found it useful to arrange to have guest speakers present to their class to discuss some of the more specialized areas of the program’s topics.
Video sessions and corresponding activities that cover key topics from specialists will be available online (coming soon) for use in-class or home to help prepare teams for the end of year event. They great lesson plans for classes.
Middle and High School teams will once again receive hands-on experience in the field. We highly recommend that the students take advantage of these great learning opportunities
If time commitment is a concern, please consider asking a second teacher at your school to be a co-advisor. Advisors for Envirothon NB teams could also be a parent or a member of your community who has a passion for the environment and some spare time on their hands, why not ask them to lend a hand?
The most important thing is a passion and commitment from the students. If they want the team to be a success, it will be!