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




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Thank you to all of the artists that submitted posters! 

First place posters in each division advanced to the North Central Area Land and Water Conservation Association Poster Contest.  Taking first place and advancing to the State Contest were Matthew Carlson and Kjiersten Kazda.  Kiersten's poster placed first and will be entered in the National contest taking place in February, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Best of luck Kjiersten! 


 First place - Primary Division, Grades K-1

Third place - Area Contest

 Vivian L - 1st place K-1

Vivian Lubinski, Grade 1, Roosevelt Elementary School


First Place - Elementary Division, Grades 2-3

First Place - Area Contest

Matthew C - 1st place 2-3

Matthew Carlson, Grade 2, Carlson Higher Education


First Place:  Middle Division, Grades 4-6

Ayden K-1st place 4-6

Ayden Kazda, Grade 5, Kazda Academy for LIFE



First Place:  Junior Division - Grades 7-9

First Place - Area Contest

First Place - State Contest

Advancing to National Contest in February 2020

Kjiersten K - 1st place 7-9

Kjiersten Kazda, Grade 8, Kazda Academy for LIFE 







    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-Speaking ContestSamantha-Speaking Contest

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.



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. Presentations for 2019 have been scheduled; however, if you are interested in a future 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.


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The 2019 theme is "Life in the Soil:  Dig Deeper". Stewardship Week is observed April 28 through May 5, 2019. Following are links to the Educator's Guide and K-8 booklets and worksheets.

Educator's Guide

Grades K-1 Activity Booklet

Grades K-1 Worksheet

Grades 2-3 Activity Booklet

Grades 2-3 Worksheet

Grades 4-5 Activity Booklet

Grades 4-5 Worksheet

Grades 6-8 Activity Booklet

Grades 6-8 Worksheet





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 19-21, 2019. 

Sand Lake Camp Brochure

Sand Lake Camp Tentative Schedule

Sand Lake Camp-What to Bring

Sand Lake Camp Press Release


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. Camp dates are June 17-21, 2019.

WI Land+Water Conservation Camp Brochure




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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 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.


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 will represent 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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