PORTAGE COUNTY LAND and WATER CONSERVATION
YOUTH AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
Contact Patty at the Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) office for information on any of the following youth education opportunities - firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-346-1334.
ANNOUNCING WINNERS FOR THE
2020 CONSERVATION AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST
Thank you to the 201 students that submitted their amazing and creative posters for the contest.
First Place - Madeline McNelly
Second Place - Florah Brown
Third Place - Hayden Diehn
Elementary Division - Grades 2-3
First Place - Max Rankin
Second Place - Lucy Serafin
Third Place - Emma Busse
Middle Division - Grades 4-6
First Place - Katelyn McNelly
Second Place - Ayden Kazda
Third Place - Ciara Waltenberg
Junior Division - Grades 7-9
First Place - Kaelynn Kazda
Second Place - Kjiersten Kazda
Third Place - Claire Swiecki
Senior Division - Grades 10-12
First Place - Annika Waltenberg
First place posters in each division advance:
Area Contest - North Central Land & Water Conservation Association, January 24, 2020, hosted by Langlade County
State Contest - WI Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference - March 4-5, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency, Green Bay, WI
National Contest - National Association of Conservation Districts Annual Meeting - Date and location to be announced.
Special thank you to Tracy Arnold, LWCD Conservation Technician. Tracy was the "Queen Bee" of classroom pollinator presentations!
2019 POSTER CONTEST
Best of luck to Kjiersten Kazda, Grade 8, Kazda Academy for LIFE
Advancing to National Contest in February 2020
Ciara Waltenberg performed her speech titled "Green Invasion" in the Elementary Division (Grades 5-6) and Annika Waltenberg performed her speech titled "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" in the Senior Division (Grades 9-12) at the January 7 Land and Water Conservation Committee meeting and advance to the Area Contest on January 24 hosted by Langlade County. First place Area Contest speakers in each division advance to the State Contest on March 4 as the kickoff for the WI Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference at the KI Convention Center, Green Bay. Good luck Ciara and Annika!
Speeches must promote the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality. Topics should address soil and water conservation issues. Emphasis should be placed on the subject as it relates to your locality or to the state of Wisconsin.
WISCONSIN PRAIRIE PRESENTATIONS
Portage County is giving schools an opportunity to learn about the importance of the complex and unique ecosystem prairies provide. The presentation covers what a prairie is, types of prairies, how many acres Wisconsin has had in prairies historically, how many acres Wisconsin currently has in prairies, adaptations of prairie plants and animals, importance of pollinators, and what WE CAN DO! Land and Water Conservation staff will provide seedlings and/or seeds for students to plant and help enhance school gardens. Presentations for Spring 2020 can be scheduled by contacting the Portage County Land and Water Conservation office - 715-346-1334.
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 2020 theme is "Where would we BEE without Pollinators?". Stewardship Week is observed April 26 through May 3, 2020. Links to the Educator's Guide and K-8 booklets and worksheets will be posted when available.
YOUTH CONSERVATION CAMPS
Looking for happy campers! Scholarships are available!
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 Land & Water Conservation Committee (LWCC) offers an opportunity for teachers or parents to recommend students for scholarships. Contact Patty - email@example.com or 715-346-1334 if interested in a scholarship.
Camp Bird near Crivitz in Marinette County for students entering grades 6 through 8 in the fall. Camp dates are June 17-19, 2020.
WI Land+Water 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. 2020 Camp dates to be announced.
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 2020 current issue is "Water Resource Management - Local Solutions, Local Control". 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.
The 2020 Wisconsin Envirothon will take place on April 17 at the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt, WI.
2019 Wisconsin Envirothon Top Team
Congratulations to the Onalaska High School team, taking first place overall in the 2019 competition. They represented Wisconsin at the National Consevation Foundation-Envirothon July 28 - August 2, 201 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Pulaski High School FFA took first place among FFA teams. The Fox River Academy took first place in the middle school competition.
The 2019 Wisconsin Envirothon took place on Friday, April 12 at the Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt, WI. The weather kept several teams from making the trip, but 16 high school teams and one middle school team were up to the challenges of the day. For all results, visit the Envirothon page on the WI Land+Water Conservation Association website: