Annual Conservation Coloring and Poster Contest

North St. Louis SWCD annually sponsors a Conservation Poster Contest for students in grades K-6.

The local poster contest theme focuses on soil, water, and natural resources changing every year based on the National Association of Conservation Districts national theme. 2022’s theme is

“Healthy Soil, Healthy Life”

Finalist poster entries will be selected by the North St. Louis SWCD board and staff and displayed at the Iron Range Earth Fest in Mt. Iron on April 23rd to determine the top three entries in Grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-6.

Recognition and gift card prizes will be awarded through their teachers:

1st Place: $25, 2nd Place $15, and 3rd Place $10

 Read more here for rules and details of the poster contest.

You can also find additional resources in the NACD Educators Guide: Healthy Soil, Healthy Life


Conservation in (and out of) the Classroom

Are you looking for a way to bring soil and water conservation to life in your classroom or with a youth group? The North St. Louis Soil & Water Conservation District has a variety of conservation education resources available for a variety of grades including teacher guides and lesson plans, activity books, pamphlets and posters, and demonstration materials.

We can also visit your school and present on topics including:

  • Water, Watersheds, & Water Quality
  • Soil Ecology & Conservation
  • Invasive Species
  • Wildlife Habitats, Forestry, Pollinators, & Plant Identification

We are also able to present by Zoom or other virtual means to your class!


The Envirothon

The Envirothon is a national environmental education program for high school students in grades 9-12. It combines classroom learning with outdoor activities. Through Envirothon, students develop an understanding of effective teamwork, as well as learning about Minnesota’s natural resources. They also gain valuable exposure to a range of disciplines while exploring possible career paths.

Teams of students compete by visiting 5 learning stations and taking a 20-point exam on an environmental topic. The topics are:

  • Aquatics
  • Forestry
  • Soils
  • Wildlife
  • Current Events

Regional area competitions are hosted and managed by local Soil & Water Conservation District staff. Student teams from St. Louis County compete at the Area 3 Envirothon in early May of each year. 

For more information, contact our Community Conservationist, Becca Reiss at becca@nslswcd.org or 218-288-6143. More information on state Envirothon can be found at: https://www.maswcd.org/envirothon.htm

The 2022 Area III is planning for an in-person competition on Monday, May 2 at the Cloquet Forestry Center. The State Envirothon will be in Fergus Falls on Monday, May 16.


Want us to present to your group?

Looking for a presenter for your Rotary Club, lake association meeting, garden social or other group? We would be happy to present on a topic in soil and water conservation that will fit your needs.

Potential topics include:

  • What is an SWCD?
  • Shoreline Restoration
  • Aquatic Invasive Species
  • Forestry & Tree Planting

Let us know what you are looking for! If it is not our area of expertise, we will direct you to someone who might be able to help.


 

North St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District

505 3rd St N, Ste A,
Virginia, MN 55792
218-749-2000
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4 Monday-Friday and by appointment

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Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30 a.m.
This meeting will be held in-person at the office . A zoom link is available by contacting Anita at least 2 hours prior to the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

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