From vast oceans and tiny streams to irrigation systems and kitchen sinks, water touches every aspect of our lives. This essential compound makes life on Earth possible, and to continue to sustain this life, we must protect our water resources. Aquatic ecosystems are diverse, as are the creatures that inhabit them. All water on Earth, whether it is flowing in a river or deep underground in an aquifer, is connected through the water cycle. As a result, human impacts on our water resources can have far reaching effects, and careful consideration must be taken when making management decisions.
Students will study marine and freshwater ecology, learn how to assess the quality of delicate aquatic ecosystems, identify aquatic organisms, manage watersheds, mitigate the effects of non-point source pollution and more.
Each area of study is divided into several different key topics, which vary from subject to subject. Underneath these key topics, you will find relevant learning objectives applicable to that topic for the level of testing expected at the NCF-Envirothon annual international competition-level testing.Please Note:
1) In an effort to make the Learning Objectives as comprehensive as possible, the overall number of items for each area of study may be quite long! It is important to note, that not every learning objective listed will be used for every competition. These Learning Objectives serve as an overview of the types of knowledge and skills expected of students at the international level of competition. Please refer to the subject area resources for this year’s competition (typically posted in May of the competition year) for specific relevant topics.
2) If you are a new Envirothon team or Advisor (who has never trained or competed before), please check with your local State or Provincial Envirothon Program representative before you begin team trainings based on these Learning Objectives. Your local program may have their own learning objectives that students are expected to know that differ from those listed below. Every team that competes at the NCF-Envirothon annual international competition has to FIRST qualify by winning their local state, provincial or partner nation Envirothon competition, so team training should focus on information, resources and/or learning objectives developed for that competition-level.
View the Aquatic Ecology Learning Objectives below: