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 - email@example.com or 715-346-1334.
ANNOUNCING RESULTS OF THE
2018 CONSERVATION AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST
PRIMARY DIVISION: GRADES K-1
1st Place - Matthew Carlson
ELEMENTARY DIVISION: GRADES 2-3
First Place - Ciara Waltenberg
2nd Place - Katelyn McNelly
3rd Place - Tessa Bruckhart
MIDDLE DIVISION: GRADES 4-6
1st Place - Tony Garbacz
JUNIOR DIVISION: GRADES 7-9
1st Place - Annika Waltenberg
2nd Place - Tate Bruckhart
Good luck to Matthew, Ciara, and Annika!
Their posters placed first at the North Central Area Conservation Awareness Poster Contest, hosted by Wood County Land and Water Conservation on Friday, February 9, at the Nepco Lake County Park Shelter, Wisconsin Rapids. Their posters advance to the State Conservation Awareness Poster Contest, to be judged March 14 and 15 as part of the WI Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference at the Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva, WI.
All posters are on display in the Children's Department at the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point, until mid February.
2018 CONSERVATION AWARENESS SPEAKING CONTEST
Three speakers performed speeches on Tuesday, January 9, during the Land and Water Conservation Committee meeting. Two speakers competed in the Junior Division, Grades 7 and 8. Cade Stankowski, an 8th grade student at P.J. Jacobs Junior High, Stevens Point, gave his speech, "We Can Fix It!", placing second. Annika Waltenberg, an 8th grade student at Tomorrow River Junior High School, Amherst, gave her speech, "What On Earth...!?!?", taking first place. Austin Stankowski, an 11th grade student at Stevens Point Area Senior High School, Stevens Point, placed first in the Senior Division, Grades 9-12, with his speech titled "Recruit, Recruit, Recruit".
Left to right: Dale O'Brien, Land and Water Conservation Committee Chair, Austin Stankowski, Cade Stankowski, Annika Waltenberg
Good luck to Austin, who advanced to the 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.
2017 STATE CONSERVATION AWARENESS SPEAKING CONTEST
Annika Waltenberg's speech, "Portage County's Treasure", earned second place at the State Conservation Awareness Speaking Contest held in March 2017. Above, Annika receives her trophy from Jim VandenBrook (left), Executive Director of WI Land+Water Conservation Association, and Eric Paulsen (right), Co-Host of Discover Wisconsin. Congratulations Annika!
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 2018 theme is "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home". Stewardship Week is observed April 29 through May 6, 2018. The Portage County LWCC and LWCD encourage teachers and youth leaders to use the following Educators Guide and K-8 activity booklets and worksheets in their classrooms and meetings.
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 for 2018 are June 20-22.
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 for 2018 are June 18-22.
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.
Recommendations for scholarships are due by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24. Provide name, age, grade student is entering in fall, and school to Patty in the Land and Water Conservation office - 715-346-1334 or firstname.lastname@example.org . In the event interest exceeds funding, scholarship recipients will be drawn by lottery at the Land and Water Conservation Committee meeting on Tuesday, May 1.
The 2018 Wisconsin Envirothon will take place on Friday, April 13 at the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt, WI. Registration is now open!
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.
Congratulations to Island City Academy who represented Wisconsin at the North American Envirothon July 23-29, 2017 at Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md.