Land Conservation - Environmental Education

The Wood County Land Conservation Department (LCD) has an active Environmental Education program. Many of you may not be familiar with some of the programs that we offer. A summary of those programs is listed below.

Students

Conservation speaking contest

Each year we sponsor a Conservation Speaking Contest. Students from grades 5-12 compete in three separate divisions. Students research a conservation-related topic and perform a speech on it. Winners advance to area and possibly state competition.

Conservation poster contest

Each year we sponsor a Conservation Poster Contest. Students in grades K-12 can participate. The contest offers an opportunity to create individual artwork based on a conservation theme. Winning posters advance to area and possibly state competition.

Tree

Trees for tomorrow scholarships

Each year the LCD awards at least one teacher a scholarship to attend a weeklong natural resources seminar designed specifically for elementary and secondary teachers at "Trees For Tomorrow" in Eagle River. Teachers earn college credits while learning in an outdoor setting. The scholarship covers the cost of food and lodging. For additional information on Trees for Tomorrow see http://www.treesfortomorrow.com/

Camping

WLWCA conservation camp

Each year the LCD awards at least one student a scholarship to attend the Wisconsin Land and Water Conservation Association's Conservation Camp. At camp students investigate a variety of natural resources and learn how professionals manage those resources. They gain hands-on experience in the natural resources field. This camp is ideal for students interested in a natural resources career.

Envirothon

The Envirothon is a multi-disciplinary environmental problem-solving program culminating in a series of competitions. Teams of five high school students train and compete in the areas of soils, water resources, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues. Students learn in real-life context, the complexities of solving environmental problems while working as a team. If you are interested in starting an Envirothon team, contact our office. We have all of the application forms, rules and regulations. We will also offer any assistance needed to prepare your teams for the competition.

For more information on any of the programs listed above, contact Tracy Arnold at the Land Conservation Department at 421-8475.

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