PORTAGE COUNTY LAND and WATER CONSERVATION
YOUTH AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
Contact Patty at the Land and Water Conservation Division office for information on any of the following youth education opportunities - firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-346-1334.
ANNOUNCING THE THEME FOR THE
2019 CONSERVATION AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST
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Ciara Waltenberg's poster entry placed 1st at the 2018 state contest, advancing to the National Association of Conservation Districts' Poster Contest to be held in January 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.
First Place - Ciara Waltenberg
2019 CONSERVATION AWARENESS SPEAKING CONTEST
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2019 SPEAKING Contest Guidelines and Registration
Austin Stankowski placed 3rd in the 2018 State Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest in the Senior Division on Wednesday, March 14, at the WI Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI. Presenting Austin's award are (left) Jim VandenBrook, WI Land+Water Conservation Association Executive Director, and (right) Eric Paulsen, Co-Host of Discover Wisconsin and host of the State Conservation Speaking Contest.
Stewardship Week helps to remind us all of the power each person has to conserve natural resources and improve the world. Each year, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) chooses a theme for Stewardship Week.
The 2019 theme is "Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper". Stewardship Week is observed April 28 through May 5, 2019. When available, links to Stewardship Week materials will be posted here. Stay tuned!
YOUTH CONSERVATION CAMPS
Looking for happy campers!
The Land & Water Conservation Committee (LWCC) offers an opportunity for teachers or parents to recommend students for scholarships, if funding allows, to attend the following conservation camps:
Camp Bird near Crivitz in Marinette County for students entering grades 6 through 8 in the fall. Camp dates to be announced.
Youth Conservation Camp, held at North Lakeland Discovery Center, 215 County Hwy W, Manitowish Waters, WI, is for students entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Camp dates to be announced.
The annual camping experiences provide students the opportunity to better understand and appreciate nature. While gaining teamwork skills and making new friends from around the State, students will learn about a wide range of topics, such as wildlife, forestry, ecosystems, aquatic habitats, and canoeing.
The 2019 Wisconsin Envirothon date will be released soon!
Congratulations to the Ladysmith High School team, taking first place overall in the 2018 competition. They represented Wisconsin at the National Foundation-Envirothon July 22-28, 2018 at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.
The Fox River Academy took first place in the middle school competition.
The 2018 Wisconsin Envirothon took place on Friday, April 13 at the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt, WI. Despite the ever changing weather (rain, wind, hail, freezing rain, snow, thunder), 24 high school teams and nine middle schools teams were up to the challenges of the day. For all results, visit the Envirothon page on the WI Land+Water Conservation Association website:
Wisconsin Envirothon is our state's ultimate middle and high school environmental science challenge where teams of five high school or middle school students participate in the hands-on, outdoor field challenges designed by natural resources professionals and educators. The exams are based on four categories: Forestry, Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology and Wildlife. The teams also participate in creating a group presentation based on a pre-selected conservation topic. The 2018 current issue is Western Rangeland Management: Balancing Diverse Views. The team presentations provide students an opportunity to articulate today's critical environmental concerns and to develop the skills to communicate the conservation ethic in whatever scholastic, career or civic choices lie ahead. This event offers an opportunity to start developing leadership skills to champion a more sustainable and environmentally aware community. The winning overall team advances to the North American Envirothon /Regional Envirothon to compete for scholarships and prizes.