Whiteside County Soil and Water
Conservation District
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Education Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Whiteside County Soil & Water Education Foundation is to provide educational programs that encourage conservation of the environment while raising environmental awareness in the minds of everyone.

The Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District is actively involved in educating the public, teachers, and students K-12 regarding the conservation of natural resources.  We provide workshops, seminars, field trips, contests, teacher grants, and classroom activities.

If your school or group is interested in any of our educational support please contact our office at 815.772.2124 ext 3 or whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com

How You Can Help

The Whiteside County Soil & Water Education Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and accepts donations.  Your generous gift can be tax deductible.

Current Education Foundation News

4th Grade Conservation Field Day

Last year's 4th Grade Conservation Field Day was held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at the Palisades State Park, Savanna IL.

Students participated in different instructional stations with topics of Wildlife, Water Quality, Recycling, Geology, Forestry, Conservation Laws, Agriculture, Ecology, Nature Walk, and Soil Conservation.

If you would like your 4th Grade class to be a part of this great event in the future please contact
our office.

Contact info:  16255 Liberty Street
                   Morrison, IL 61270
                      815.772.2124 ext. 3

2014   Photo  contest 

The grade categories are
K-4th Grade, 5th - 8th Grade & 9th - 12th Grade
Two prizes will be awarded in each category.

2014 Photo Contest Rules


2014 Poster Contest

The grade categories are K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th & 10th-12th
Two prizes will be awarded in each category.

2014 Poster Contest Rules

For details on each contest, click on their link, stop by or contact the office at 815-772-2124 ext 3.

Both contests will run from January 1, 2014 - April 25, 2014. Deadline to have entries in is 4:00PM April 25, 2014



3rd Grade Arbor Day Tree Giveaway


In recognition of Arbor Day on Friday April 25, 2014 The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District will be offering to distribute free Native Dogwood trees to area Whiteside County 3rd grade classrooms. This is an annual program offered by SWCD that allows us to highlight the importance of our natural resources while putting the spotlight on trees in particular.

The Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Education Foundation provided a Native Dogwood seedling for each student and teacher.  Planting a tree in honor of Arbor Day is a wonderful contribution to nature! 

Pictured is a Red Osier Dogwood

Arbor Day 2014           


E n v i r o t h o n  2 0 1 4


The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties Illinois Annual Envirothon was held in Freeport, IL on April 8, 2014 at Highland Community College. 

The competition consisted of 22 teams. A huge thank you goes out to everyone that participated in any way and made the event possible. I hope all the students that participated took some knowledge away from the event and that they had a fun time as well. Congratulations goes out to everyone including the top 3 winning teams. 3rd place winners were Sterling Newman Team 1, 2nd place was Forreston Team 1 and the 1st place prize was awarded to Dakota High School. Congratulations to everyone. I hope to see everyone again at next year's event. Thank you!!!!

This competition started off as a regional competition, then went to state and then national.
This regional science event was organized in 2001 as an educational program to promote and sponsor environmental education into high school curriculums. The regional Envirothon is a part of the state and the national education program initiated in the 1970’s by the Cannon Corporation to increase the study of conservation and environmental studies into the high schools of America. It is recognized as our nation’s primary environmental science competition.



Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation
2014 Environmental Education Grant 

The SWCD Board has approved two teacher grants at this time. If you're an educator, contact the office for more information. Below is the criteria/process to follow:

The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Education Program is sponsoring an education grant available to all schools in Whiteside County, grade levels Pre-K thru 12th.

Grant Criteria: 

  1. Grant requests are to promote and support natural resource or environmental education.
  2. Grant funding requests may include, but are not limited to: tools, books, software, lab equipment, and field trips. Costs of development of natural resource areas will be considered, such as: a wildlife habitat garden, nature trail, or prairie site.
  3. Grant request maximum - $1000.00
  4. Previous recipients of SWCD grants do qualify for this educational funding.
  5. Grantees are required to submit a follow-up report to the Whiteside County SWCD’s Education Program Board within 3 months of receiving the grant money or notification if the money is not used within that time period.

Proposal Format:

  • Typed, double spaced, single sided 8-1/2” x 11” stationary.

Proposal Content:

  • Outline of Age-Level Activity or Purchase, Learning Objectives, Dates of Funding Use, Grade Level, Total # of Students and Budget.

Please send grant requests to:

    Whiteside SWCD Education Program
Attention: Education Coordinator
16255 Liberty Street
Morrison, IL 61270

The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District reserves the right to reject applications.

Please contact our office at 815.772.2124 ext. 3 or whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com for any questions concerning the use of our Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation Grants.

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