METUCHEN — Five Metuchen High School students attended team training courses at Swartswood State Park on April 20 to prepare for the New Jersey Envirothon.
The New Jersey Envirorhon is a natural resources problem solving competition for high school students. This year, it will take place on May 5 at Camp Sacajawea at Farmingdale.
The Metuchen High School team consists of Anthony Cammarano (senior), Edward Murphy (senior), Jason Stadtmauer (senior), Michael Schwartz (senior) and Miranda McKirnan (freshman).
The team arrived at Swartswood State Park for the training course, and were given a crash course on aquatic ecology, soil science, forestry, wildlife ecology, and current issues (this year’s topic is on nonpoint source pollution/low impact development). The day consisted of a series of lectures by working scientists and various hands-on opportunities to try out techniques used by natural resource scientists in their line of work. The students were also provided instructions for the team presentation, which they will need to give as part of the competition.
Some of the students are currently enrolled in the Environmental Science course at Metuchen High School, and were relieved to see that they already knew some of the material from learning about it in class. This was an opportunity for the students to get a chance to see what the competition atmosphere will be like, the kinds of problems they will be asked to solve, and how important it is for them to work together. In addition to the day’s workshop, the team has borrowed the “Envirothon Training Trunk” for one week, which contains many of the hands-on study material that were presented at the workshop.
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