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Conservation Education

Everyone has a responsibility to help make sure our rivers and lakes stay clean

Kate with students at Stowe ElementaryLook For Us at These Events
• Earth Trax - Lake Superior Zoo (May)
• St. Louis County Fair (July)
• DNR Forestry Field Days (Sept) 

What the heck is a Soil and Water Conservation District?
We’d love to tell you.

SWCD staff will be happy to come to your class or organizational meeting and talk about forestry, soils, water quality, careers in natural resources and of course, what your local Soil and Water Conservation District has done for you lately. Call Kate at (218) 723-4946 to schedule a visit. We also participate in the DNR's Forestry field days every fall, and each February, we help judge and present a special award at the Northeast Regional Science Fair held at UMD.

Right: Kate teaches Stowe Elementary students about storm water pollution


Regional Stormwater Protection Team
The South St. Louis SWCD has been an active member of the Regional Stormwater Protection Team (RSPT) since its inception in 2003 and currently serves as its fiscal agent. Click here for more information.

Envirothon participantsEnvirothon
Every spring, the Soil and Water Conservation Districts in northeast Minnesota hold a popular environmental competition for high schoolers called the Envirothon. The Northern Area III Envirothon is an environmental competition for high school students that gives them the opportunity to challenge their environmental knowledge and problem-solving skills against other area students in beautiful outdoor settings. In teams of five, students visit six stations to test themselves on: water quality, wildlife, forestry, soils, and a current environmental issue.

At each station, students have the chance to speak with local natural resource professionals about their careers and are then required to complete a 20-point test specific to that station's topic. The tests are different every year and use questions at a typical high school science knowledge level. Students are also required to prepare and give a 10-minute oral presentation on that year's current events issue at a sixth station. Over 100 students from around the region attend this event every year and the winners go on to the State competition with the opportunity to advance to a National Envirothon with scholarships awarded to top teams.

23rd Annual Area III Envirothon - May 1st, 2017
Join us Monday, May 1st, 2017 from 9:00AM - 1:40PM at the Cloquet Forestry Center in Cloquet, MN.

This year's current environmental issue: Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship.

Follow the links below for more information, or call your coordinator Emily Nelson at (651) 249-5868
2017 Envirothon Brochure
2017 Oral Presentation Scenario
2017 Oral Presentation Scenario Materials

For more information, visit http://www.maswcd.org/envirothon.htm.

minnesota state envirothon logo







Pop Quiz! What is the #1 pollutant found in our waters?

A. Chemicals
B. Fertilizers
C. Invasive Species
D. Dirt

The answer is Dirt! We call it sediment, and its the thing that washes from our yards and driveways, our fields and forests into streams and lakes. Learn more and feel free to print and post this educational flyer.

Additional Education Resources
Northeastern Minn. Science Fair

Soils for Teachers website developed by Soil Science Society of America

Dig It! The Secrets of Soil video from exhibit by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History!

National Envirothon website

State Envirothon background



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