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

 This year's 4th Grade Conservation Field Day was held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 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.

We had a total of 34 classes from the Tri-State area. Whiteside County had 17 of the 34 classes, with a total of 391 students registered. We hope that everyone learned about Conservation Education as well as had great time.

If you are a teacher, student or chaperon that have attended the event before and 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 St
    Morrison, IL 61270
    815.772.2124 ext. 3



2015 Photo contest

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past. We hope to see more participate in the future.
Please click the link to see the winners for 2015's contest.

2015 SWCD News Release - Photo Contest


2015 Poster Contest

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past. We hope to see more participate in the future.
Please click the link to see the winners for 2015's contest.

2015 SWCD News Release - Poster Contest

3rd Grade Arbor Day Shrub Giveaway


In recognition of Arbor Day on Friday April 24, 2015 The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District distributed 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 provided 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

2015 Arbor Day shrub give away was a huge success. We visited 18 classes and gave away a total of 556 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  2 0 1 5


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 March 10, 2015 at Highland Community College. 

2015'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 4 winning teams. 4th place was Dixon HS, 3rd place was Orangeville HS, 2nd place was Pearl City which was also the top FFA team, and the 1st place prize was awarded to Fulton High School. Congratulations 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.  

Congratulations to Fulton High School Envirothon Team, (L to R) Aaron Field, Lyndsey Tegeler, Kaylie Huizenga, Betsy Leonard & Christian Hutchison, for winning the 2015 Envirothon competition for Northwest Illinois Land Use Council 1 (Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Ogle, Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside) held March 10th at Highland Community College Student Center. The Land Use Council 1 Envirothon is an annual natural resources education program planned, organized, and promoted by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) for high school students that emphasizes hands-on, team oriented problem-solving skills. Teams tested their knowledge in forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and the 2015 current issue “Urban/Community Forestry”. Each of the five members is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship upon completion of their first semester of post-secondary education. The Fulton team’s win will take them downstate to the Illinois competition April 29th – April 30th 2015 at Allerton Park near Monticello, Illinois. Program content for all of the local and state competitions is directed by North American Envirothon, established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America.
The Fulton High School team was guided by advisors, Jen Pepper and Stacy Gates. Congratulations to all!! Good luck at the state competition.



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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