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.

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Conservation Education Ideas...

If there are any conservation related seminars, presentations, workshops etc. that you would like to see offered with in your school district in Whiteside County, please feel free to let us know. Email your thoughts to whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com, share them by phone at 815-772-2124 ext 3, mail them to the office at 16255 Liberty St, Morrison IL 61270 or just stop by. We will do what we can to help educate and spread the word of conservation. 

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Current Education Foundation News


4th Grade Conservation Field Day



 This year's 4th Grade Conservation Field Day was held on Thursday, September 25, 2014 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.


This years event consisted of 30 classes and approximately 718 students. We hope that everyone had a great time as well as learned about Conservation Education.

We are looking forward to next years event. If you as a teacher, student or chaperon have any suggestions about the day please feel free to share them.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the 4th Grade Day please feel free to contact us at:

                     16255 Liberty Street
                   Morrison, IL 61270
                      815.772.2124 ext. 3
                                          
whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com

THANK YOU!!!

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2015 Photo contest
 
 


The 2015 contest details are now being released, see link below. 
The grade categories are
K-4th Grade, 5th - 8th Grade & 9th - 12th Grade
Two prizes will be awarded in each category.

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past. We hope to see more participate in the future.

2015 SWCD Photo Contest Rules
                                                             

2015 Poster Contest

The 2015 poster contest details are now being released, see links below. 
The grade categories are K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th & 10th-12th
Two prizes will be awarded in each category.
Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past. We hope to see more participate in the future.
2015 SWCD Poster Contest Rules
2015 Poster Contest Entry Form
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3rd Grade Arbor Day Tree Giveaway

 

In recognition of Arbor Day on Friday April 24, 2015 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
                                                         


2014 Arbor day tree give away was a huge success. We visited 12 schools and gave away a total of 569 Native Silky Dogwood Shrubs. I hope to hear from everyone for next year's event. Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past and help us spread the word of conservation. 2015 information will be released after the first of the year. Check back at a later time for more information. Thank you!!                                                                      

         


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E n v i r o t h o n  2 0 1 5

 

The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties Illinois Annual Envirothon will again be held in Freeport, IL on March 10, 2015 at Highland Community College. 

2014's 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. 

2015's Envirothon is a little over a month sooner in the year than last year. I hope everyone puts as much effort in to the event as they can with the shorter amount of time to study. The schools will get their study material as soon as it becomes available. This year Whiteside County has 4 schools and 5 teams participating. Good luck to everyone!!

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.



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Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation
2015 Environmental Education Grant 

The SWCD Education Foundation Board has approved four grants in 2014. If you're an educator, contact the office for more information, note that field trips may be covered under a grant as well. 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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