Free Septic and Private Well Workshop in Cook!

Monday, September 30th from 5-7pm at the Northwoods School in Cook. FREE private well testing will be available for all participants. More information and register here:

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

Annual Poster Contest

Each year the North St. Louis SWCD sponsors a Conservation Poster Contest for students in grades 4-6. The local poster contest theme focuses on soil, water, and natural resources and changes each year based on the National Association of Conservation Districts national theme. Read more here for rules and details on how to enter the contest. Entry deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019.

This year’s theme is “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”

This year, students K-3 can also enter a coloring contest on a similar theme! Read more here for rules and details how to enter the contest. Entry deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019. Click on the picture below to download the coloring page or stop in our office to pick one up!

The top 5 posters and top 5 coloring contest entries will be judged by North St. Louis SWCD. Of those 5 posters and 5 coloring pages, the top 3 will be voted on by the public at Iron Range Earth Fest 2019 held Saturday, April 13, 2019 in Mt. Iron.

Recognition & monetary prize will be awarded to the top three poster and coloring contest winners through their teachers: 1st Place: $25, 2nd Place $15, and 3rd Place $10.

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 will compete at the Area 3 Envirothon in Cloquet, MN on Monday, May 6, 2019. The top teams will then advance to the state competition on May, 20, 2019 in Elk River, MN.

Click here for more information or contact area coordinator, Becca Reiss at or 218-471-7288.

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 Northland Office Building

307 1st St S, Suite 114
Virginia, MN 55792

Upcoming Board Meetings

Wednesday, September 11 th at 10:30 a.m.
New Location: 505 3rd St N, Ste A, Virginia MN 55792

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