Bowdoin opened its campus to high school environmentalists when it hosted the 2013 Maine Envirothon for 10 schools from around the state last month. Piscataquis High School came in first, qualifying the team for the national competition in Bozeman, Mont.
The North American Envirothon is a competition for high school students that’s designed to boost young people’s engagement with and knowledge of natural resources and current environmental issues.
Bowdoin’s Environmental Studies Program hosted the event to connect with high school students interested in the environment, according to E.S. Program Manager Eileen Johnson. John Lichter, Bowdoin’s Samuel S. Butcher Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences, gave a brief welcome and introduction to the program. “Solutions to our problems today will require more than scientific understanding,” Lichter advised the students. “The real problem is how to get institutions to respond and act.”