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.


Education Foundation News:

Some examples of past projects for the Education Foundation include: Beehive at the Andresen Nature Center in Fulton IL, an educational Butterfly Garden at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, instructional technology equipment for River Bend School District. Other varieties of activities funded by the Education Foundation are: Kindergarten coloring contest, 1st grade Native flower bulbs, 2nd grade Circle of Life Bracelets, 3rd grade Native Dogwood shrubs, 4th grade's Conservation day in Savanna IL, 9-12th grades annual Envirothon and all grades are offered a poster and photo contest. If there are any other acivities, programs, etc that you would like to see offered please contact us and let us know. You can email whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com, phone 815-772-2124 ext 3 or just stop by the office.
Thank you.


Current Education Foundation News

4th Grade Conservation Field Day

 The 2016 4th Grade Conservation Field Day was held Thursday, September 29, 2016 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 year we had a total of 22 classes from the Bi-County (Carroll and Whiteside) area. Whiteside County had 16 of the 22 classes, with a total of 348 students registered. Carroll County had 6 classes with a total of 124 students registered for the event.

If you are a teacher, student or chaperone that have attended the event before and have any suggestions about the day please feel free to share them.

We hope that everyone learned about Conservation Education as well as had great time.

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

 16255 Liberty St
    Morrison, IL 61270
    815.772.2124 ext. 3



2017 Photo contest

2017 Photo Contest are now underway. Click on the link below to get the information needed for the photo contest.
 We hope to see several participants this year. Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past.

2017 SWCD Photo Contest


2017 Poster Contest
2017 Poster Contest is now underway as well. Click on the link below to get the information needed for the poster contest.
 We hope to see several participants this year. Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past.

2017 Poster Contest 

2017 Poster Contest Application


3rd Grade Arbor Day Shrub Giveaway


In recognition of Arbor Day on Friday April 28, 2017, The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District will distribute free Native Dogwood shrubs 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/shrubs in particular.

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

Pictured is a Red Osier Dogwood

2016 Arbor Day shrub give away was a huge success. We visited 16 classes and gave away a total of 371 Red Osier 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. Thank you!!                                                                      


E n v i r o t h o n  2017


The Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson and Whiteside Counties Illinois Annual Envirothon is being planned to be held in Freeport, IL on March 7, 2017 at Highland Community College. 

The Envirothon is a nationwide, multidisciplinary, environmental competition for 9th – 12th grade students.  The team must be from the same school or youth organization, i.e., environmental, FFA, or 4-H Club, and is coached by an advisor.  Five member teams compete in the areas of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a fifth category of an environmental issue, which changes every year. 

A huge thank you goes out to everyone that participates in any way and make the event possible. I hope all the students that participate take some knowledge away from the event, as well has have fun doing it. 



Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation
Environmental Education Grant 

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 through 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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