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"We must become the change we want to see in the world." --Mohandas Gandhi. Conservation Education Case Studies and Soil Education Information. PRESENTED BY: Susan M. Schultz National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) [email protected] 317-326-2952 www.nacdnet.org

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We must become the change we want to see in the world mohandas gandhi

"We must become the change we want to see in the world." --Mohandas Gandhi

Conservation Education Case Studies and

Soil Education Information

PRESENTED BY:Susan M. Schultz

National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)

[email protected] 317-326-2952 www.nacdnet.org

February 3, 2009 New Orleans NACD Annual Conference


“It’s finding the path that allows you to give the best of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 

Petey Giroux


North american association for environmental education
North American Association for Environmental Education of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 

  • Conservation Education Commission

  • www.naaee.org


Conservation education outreach case studies
Conservation Education Outreach Case Studies of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 

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Type of event
TYPE OF EVENT of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Topics at the event
Topics at the Event of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Range of project
Range of Project of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Target specific age
Target Specific Age of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Specific amount of time at each station
Specific Amount of of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  Time at each station


Planning committee
Planning Committee of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Train presenters
Train Presenters of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Are presenters volunteers non resource personnel
Are presenters volunteers of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  (non resource personnel)


Are presenters resource personnel
Are presenters resource personnel of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  ?


Are the trainers parents at school
Are the trainers parents at school ? of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Do you develop kits for presenters
Do you develop kits of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  for presenters?


Conduct pre post testing of participants
Conduct Pre-Post testing of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  of participants


Did you find an increase in knowledge after event
Did you find an increase in knowledge after event? of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Do you have someone evaluate presenters
Do you have someone of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  evaluate presenters?


Do your participants evaluate your outreach event
Do your participants evaluate of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  your outreach event?


Is the event linked to helping achieve conservation goals
Is the event linked to helping achieve conservation goals? of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Do grant funds play a part in whether event happens
Do grant funds play a part in whether event happens? of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.” 


Wheat week franklin conservation district wa
WHEAT WEEK of yourself to others and the earth, and sharing your time and talents with others in a way that makes positive change. It’s love.”  Franklin Conservation District, WA

  • 4000 participants

  • Grade 4-7

  • 1 hour per day for 5 days

  • Increased awareness of natural resource protection and conservation.


Alignment with state Essential Academic Requirements in Science as well as alignment with STC and FOSS science kits being used in eastern Washington. Teachers use Wheat Week to supplement and compliment their existing science curriculums.

Wheat Week brings an added hands-on science piece into their classrooms to give students more experiences with science.


Wheat week
WHEAT WEEK Science as well as alignment with STC and FOSS science kits being used in eastern Washington. Teachers use Wheat Week to supplement and compliment their existing science curriculums.

  • Community support has been tremendous. There is a waiting list of schools requesting Wheat Week in their classrooms.

  • Hopefully, we are helping students become wise stewards of our natural resources


Wheat week1
Wheat Week Science as well as alignment with STC and FOSS science kits being used in eastern Washington. Teachers use Wheat Week to supplement and compliment their existing science curriculums.

  • $73,000

  • In kind $10,000

    Do grant funds play a part?

    YES

  • Washington Wheat Commission

  • Washington State Conservation Commission

  • Various Conservation Districts across the state

    No pre or post testing


  • Wheat Week Science as well as alignment with STC and FOSS science kits being used in eastern Washington. Teachers use Wheat Week to supplement and compliment their existing science curriculums. is a series of 5 lessons delivered over the course of one week to classrooms in grades 4-7. Each day, 4-5 classrooms receive the one-hour lesson. Each lesson builds upon each other and all have a natural resource, science and conservation component. Monday's lesson is a water cycle lesson and emphasizes water conservation. Tuesday's lesson is a soil lesson and teaches students the differences between sand, silt and clay and also talks about soil conservation. Wednesday's lesson is a watershed lesson and teachers students what watersheds are and the things they do in their daily lives can impact their watershed. Thursday's lesson is an energy lesson and teaches students the difference between renewable and non-renewable energies. Students also learn about energy conservation. Friday's lesson is a systems lesson and students identify parts of a system as well as functions of the system. Students also identify the inputs and outputs of the system and discuss conservation of those inputs. Wheat is used throughout the week as the tool to teach students these concepts. Wheat is a major commodity in eastern Washington and something the students are somewhat familiar with.

  • Wheat Week 2 is beginning this year and is in addition to Wheat Week. Those classrooms that had Wheat Week last year will be able to receive 5 new lessons. The new curriculum focuses on the same content but uses new hands-on materials.


Innovative approaches to maintaining stream banks without breaking your own bank
"Innovative Approaches to Science as well as alignment with STC and FOSS science kits being used in eastern Washington. Teachers use Wheat Week to supplement and compliment their existing science curriculums. Maintaining Stream Banks Without Breaking Your Own Bank"

Champaign County SWCD, IL


At least every other year, the district helps host a meeting open to anyone, but directed

towards drainage district commissioners. This year's theme was "Innovative Approaches to

Maintaining Stream Banks Without Breaking Your Own Bank". Our featured presenter

discussed Channel Dynamics (How streams evolve over time) and Proven Bank

Stabilization Practices. District personnel presented information on the Salt Fork River

Maintenance Project and Cost Share Programs.


Innovative approaches to maintaining stream banks without breaking your own bank1
"Innovative Approaches to open to anyone, but directedMaintaining Stream Banks Without Breaking Your Own Bank"

  • 15 year old event

  • Average 30 to 40 participants

  • What were some of the good outcomes of this event?

  • 1. Drainage Commissioners use best management practices for ditch maintenance.

  • 2. Awareness of environmental impacts of their actions.

  • 3. Public relations benefit with environmental groups.


Innovative approaches to maintaining stream banks without breaking your own bank2
"Innovative Approaches to open to anyone, but directedMaintaining Stream Banks Without Breaking Your Own Bank"

PARTNERS

  • University of Illinois Extension

  • Champaign County SWCD

  • NRCS

    Costs: minimal


Eco camp environmental science based day camp
Eco Camp - Environmental Science Based Day Camp open to anyone, but directed

Beaufort Soil & Water Conservation District, SC

Event: 19 years old

Average participants: 60

Budget $3115


  • Eco camp is 1 week, 5 days from 9am to 12 noon. with three rotating presentations each day.

  • We choose presenters and crafts pertinent to the yearly environmental theme. (Past year have been Winged Wonders, Down on the Farm, Water Conservation, Safety, Etc.)

  • We try to have as much hands on activities as we can. We choose presenters from Country, State, and local private organizations. We try and find kid friendly presenters as well as experts in their field. We have some equipment, but borrow materials such as

    microscopes and natural history specimens when we can. Live (safe) animals are always a big hit!

  • We charge $85 for the week. Farm Bureau and the Technical College each sponsor 2 scholarships. Farm Bureau also provides lunch on the last day.

  • Children also get theme t-shirts to paint and wear on the last day of camp.

  • Presenters from agencies and local businesses provide free handouts and other items relative to the theme. (For Example, BiLo Grocery stores donated re-usable shopping bags.


Pluff mud
Pluff mud rotating presentations each day.


This year our theme was dirty jobs
This year our theme was Dirty Jobs rotating presentations each day.

The Dirte-eee Jobs Theme created a fun, exciting

atmosphere for learning about the environment.

Children learned about:

recycling, trash disposal, how a landfill works, worm composting, respecting animals in the wild, local oyster reef communities & restoration projects, farm animal husbandry, trapping coyote, chemistry of pluff mud, planting in eco friendly cow poo pots, scrapbooking, and other crafts.


Chainsaw safety field day
Chainsaw Safety Field Day rotating presentations each day.

  • Pope County Conservation District, AR

  • 45 participants

  • Seeing how natural resources affect a cross-section of the population...some for recreation and hobby and some as a means of income

  • Try to include all areas of your community. We had people in all occupations--from pharmacists to bankers to loggers...all with a common interest.


Rain barrel workshop
Rain Barrel Workshop rotating presentations each day.

  • Tazewell Soil and Water Conservation District, VA

  • Participants made their own rainbarrels.

  • Community excited about rain water harvesting. Set up systems at over 196 homes since 2007.

  • People contacting board of supervisors to tell them how great the program is.


25 000 grant to build two rain gardens
$25,000 grant to build two rain gardens rotating presentations each day.

Partnership: Noblesville Economic Development Department, Wastewater Utility and Hamilton County SWCD, Indiana


Response to disaster
Response to disaster rotating presentations each day.


Nacd education resources
NACD Education Resources rotating presentations each day.


Future education topics
Future Education Topics rotating presentations each day.

  • NACD Education material topics (assists in promotion of Stewardship week):

  • - Topic: Soil Theme- DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil

  • Materials available January 2009 (partners: Smithsonian and Soil Science Society of America)

  • 2010 – Topic: Forestry Theme – TBD

  • Materials available summer/fall 2009

  • 2011 – Topic: Habitat & Wildlife Theme – TBD

  • Materials available summer/fall 2010

  • 2012 – Topic: Current Event Theme – TBD

  • Materials available summer/fall 2011

  • 2013 – Topic: Water Theme – TBD

  • Materials available summer/fall 2012


Dig it the secrets of soil
DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil rotating presentations each day.


Poster contest changes
Poster contest changes rotating presentations each day.

  • Changes in the 2009 contest

  • Recording participants in the contest

  • POSTER CONTEST:

  • The Stewardship & Education committee added two categories to the 2009 poster contest. Poster designed with soil paint for grades 4-6 and posters designed on computer for grades 10-12. Stewardship and education committee members donated $350 to cover the additional prize money. The regular category prize money is sponsored by the NACD Auxiliary. Additional information at: http://nacdnet.org/education/contests/


www.nacdnet.org rotating presentations each day.


PAINTING WITH SOIL rotating presentations each day.


Painting with soil
Painting with Soil rotating presentations each day.


COMPUTER DESIGNED POSTER rotating presentations each day.


Photo contest
Photo Contest rotating presentations each day.

  • Conservation Practices

  • Close Up Conservation

  • Conservation in Action

  • Ag/Conservation Across America

http://nacdnet.org/education/contests/photo/


No child left inside
No Child Left Inside rotating presentations each day.

  • No Child Left Inside Act:


Susan Schultz - NACD rotating presentations each day.

Stewardship & Education

317-326-2952

[email protected]

www.nacdnet.org


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