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Contact Patty at the Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) office for information on any of the following youth education opportunities - or 715-346-1334.





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2020 WI Land+Water POSTER Contest Information and RegistrationFillablePDF

Posters are due Friday, December 20, 2019 by 4:00 p.m.  Poster pickup can be arranged by contacting Patty Benedict - 715-346-1334 or email

Poster contest divisions - K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. 

Poster size must be 14" x 22" or 12"x  18". 

 Winners will be announced, and posters displayed at the January 7, 2020 Land and Water Conservation Committee meeting.  Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place posters.

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.

 Want your students to learn more about pollinators?  Tracy Arnold, LWCD Conservation Technician, can schedule a classroom presentation.  The catch?  Students are asked to submit a poster for the contest.  Now that's a fair trade!  Contact Tracy via email -



Best of luck to Kjiersten Kazda, Grade 8, Kazda Academy for LIFE

Advancing to National Contest in February 2020

Kjiersten K - 1st place 7-9




2020 WI Land+Water SPEAKING Contest Information and RegistrationFillablePDF 

Entry forms for the 2020 Portage County Conservation Speaking Contest are due Friday, December 20, 2019.    Speeches will be performed and judged Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the beginning of the Land and Water Conservation Committee meeting.  Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.    

Speech Contest Divisions:

Elementary Division - Grades 5-6 (3-5 minute speech)

Junior Division - Grades 7-8 (4-6 minute speech)

Senior Division - Grades 9-12 (5-7 minute speech)


First place speakers in each division advance:

Area Contest - North Central Land and Water Conservation Association, January 24, 2020, hosted by Langlade County

State Contest - WI Land+Water Conservation Association Annual Conference, March 4, 2020, Hyatt Regency, Green Bay, WI

 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.





 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.

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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.



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 - 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.




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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

Ladysmith Team Presentation            Ladysmith (2)

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: 


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