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 THE WINNERS FOR THE
2019 CONSERVATION AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST
Thank you to all of the artists that submitted posters!
First place posters in each division advances to the North Central Area Land and Water Conservation Association Poster Contest to be held in Florence County on Friday, February 1.
First place - Primary Division, Grades K-1
Vivian Lubinski, Grade 1, Roosevelt Elementary School
First Place - Elementary Division, Grades 2-3
Matthew Carlson, Grade 2, Carlson Higher Education
First Place: Middle Division, Grades 4-6
Ayden Kazda, Grade 5, Kazda Academy for LIFE
First Place: Junior Division - Grades 7-9
Kjiersten Kazda, Grade 8, Kazda Academy for LIFE
2018 Poster Contest News
Ciara Waltenberg's poster entry placed 1st at the 2018 state contest, advancing to the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Poster Contest. Ciara's poster will be judged at NACD's Annual Meeting in January 2019 in San Antonio, Texas.
2019 CONSERVATION AWARENESS SPEAKING CONTEST
Two students performed speeches in the Senior Division at the January 8, 2019 Land and Water Conservation Committee meeting.
Annika Waltenberg, a 9th grade student at Amherst High School, took first place with her speech, "Purple People Eater??" Placing second for her speech, "Growth Starts in the Soil", was Samantha Carlson, 10th grade, Carlson Higher Education.
Annika (left) and Samantha (right) receive their certificates from Land and Water Conservation Committee Chair, Barry Jacowski. Both speakers were awarded Portage County gift certificates.
WISCONSIN PRAIRIE PRESENTATIONS
Portage and Wood Counties are teaming up and 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. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your class, contact 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 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 are June 19-21, 2019.
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 are June 17-21, 2019.
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 is Friday, April 12! The event will once again take place at the Central Wisconsin Lions Camp, Rosholt, WI.
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 2019 current issue is "Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World". 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.
2018 Wisconsin Envirothon Top Team