Elementary Programs


Planting the Conservation Seed


Planting the Conservation Seed is a backyard stewardship program conducted with 1st Grade Carroll County students by providing each child with a tulip or daffodil bulb for fall planting.

Conservation Nature Days


Conservation Nature Days with 2nd Grade students
throughout the county.  This event is held annually
at YMCA Camp Benson.  The intent is to allow
children the opportunity to utilize an "outdoor classroom" as they learn about various conservation topics including: recycling, soybeans, soils, forestry, bird identification, fish, as well as taking a nature hike.

High School Programs


Envirothon


Several teams of high school students throughoutthe county participate in the Land Use Council #1 Envirothon each spring and is held at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.  This competition encompasses Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside Counties.  The event requires the students to prepare in advance by studying materials on five categories: Soils,
Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, & a Current Issue, which changes each year.  On the day of the competition, the five-member teams listen to presentations on each of these topics and take a written exam over the materials they have learned.  The winning team advances to the Illinois Envirothon.  The winner of the Illinois Envirothon then advances to the Canon Envirothon, an international competition.

John Lundquist (our former Resource Conservationist) using the enviorscape to teach second graders about water runoff.

CCSWCD Scholarship 


Each year the Carroll County SWCD Board of Directors awards a $500 scholarship to a deserving individual that will be going on to further his or her education in an agricultural or natural resource field of study.  We are pleased to announce that the 2014 scholarship went to Miranda Grisham.  Miranda is majoring in Agriculture Communications with a minor in Agricultural Business at Highland Community College in Freeport, IL.  She also plays on the women's basketball team, go Lady Cougars, and is a student worker in the Biology Department.  

Congratulations Miranda!!

Education & Outreach

Conservation Stewardship Poster Contest


Each year the SWCD provides a free tree seedling to each 3rd Grade student in the county.  The Ogle-Carroll Agricultural Partnership also provides a program on tree planting and farming for these students in conjunction with this activity.

Workshops


The Carroll County SWCD periodically holds workshops as education opportunities for landowners and/or farmers to learn about new programs or opportunities available to them.  This format allows landowners to gather information as well as ask questions about various conservation practices and managment techniques.

Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebrations


Each year the SWCD provides a free tree seedling to each 3rd Grade student in the county.  The Ogle-Carroll Agricultural Partnership also provides a program on tree planting and farming for these students in conjunction with this activity.


Tri-County Conservation Day


Tri-County Conservation Day is conducted each fall at the Palisades State Park.  This event is open to all 4th Grade students in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Whiteside counties.  During the course of the day, the students travel from one station to the next learning about various conservation topics.  This event is part of our local initiative to get kids outside exploring and learning about their natural environment.

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Above:

The 2015 West Carroll Thunder Envirothon teams on their visit to the Highland Community College Biological Sciences Greenhouse. 


Left:

Mike Foutch, NRCS Soil Scientist presenting the soil science portion to  Envirothon teams.  Multiple agencies are generous enough to donate their time to this great event!

Forest Edge Habitat Workshop spring 2015

2015 Poster Contest Winners

Outreach Programs


Farm Tours


The Carroll County SWCD hosts tours on a regular basis to provide landowners the opportunity to viewconservation practices that are either in progress or have previously been completed to help educate them in a hands-on manner.