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Youth and Community Events

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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.




Thank you to the 201 students that submitted their amazing and creative posters for the contest.

AMAZING NEWS!  Portage County's first place posters also placed first in all five divisions at the Area Contest hosted by Langlade County on January 24, advancing to the State Contest in Green Bay on March 4 and 5! 

Congratulations to  Katelyn McNelly for placing second at the State Contest.
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 Primary Division - Grades K-1

First Place - County and Area Contests - Madeline McNelly



Second Place - Florah Brown

 Florah B-2nd Primary Div


Third Place - Hayden Diehn

Hayden D-3rd Primary Div



Elementary Division - Grades 2-3

First Place - County and Area Contests - Max Rankin

Max R-1st Elementary Div - Copy


Second Place - Lucy Serafin



Third Place - Emma Busse

Emma B-3rd Elementary Div


Middle Division - Grades 4-6

First Place - County and Area Contests, 2nd Place at State Contest - Katelyn McNelly

Katelyn M-1st Middle Div


Second Place - Ayden Kazda


Third Place - Ciara Waltenberg


Junior Division - Grades 7-9

First Place - County and Area Contests - Kaelynn Kazda



Second Place - Kjiersten Kazda

Kjiersten K-2nd Junior Div - Copy


Third Place - Claire Swiecki

Claire S-3rd Junior Div


Senior Division - Grades 10-12

First Place - County and Area Contests - Annika Waltenberg

Annika W-1st Senior Div


 Special thank you to Tracy Arnold, LWCD Conservation Technician. Tracy was the "Queen Bee" of classroom pollinator presentations!





Annika earned first place at the Portage County, Area, and State Speaking Contests in the Senior Division (Grades 9-12) and performed her speech, "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" in front of over 400 attendees at the WI Land+Water Annual Conference opening lunch, held at the KI Convention Center, Green Bay on March 4.  

Left to right:  Trina Soyk, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Co-Host of the State Speaking Contest, Annika, and Matt Krueger, Executive Director, WI Land+Water Conservation Association.

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Above photo taken at the North Central Land and Water Conservation Association (NCLWCA) Area Speaking Contest (left to right) - Dave Solin, NCLWCA President, Annika Waltenberg, Haley Lucas, Langlade County Shoreland Specialist.



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Ciara Waltenberg receives an award from Land and Water Conservation Committee Chair, Barry Jacowski, for placing first in the Elementary Division (Grades 5-6) at the Portage County Speaking Contest on January 7, 2020, for her speech titled "Green Invasion".


Ciara-Area Speaking

Ciara receives an award for placing second at the North Central Area Land and Water Conservation Association (NCLWCA) Speaking Contest.  Pictured left to right: Dave Solin, NCLWCA President, Ciara, and Haley Lucas, Langlade County Shoreland Specialist. 

 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. Please use the links below for the Educator's Guide, K-8 booklets and worksheets. Copy and distribute as you like!

 Educators Guide

 Grades K-1 Pollinator Worksheets
Grades 2-3 Pollinator Worksheets
Grades 4-5 Pollinator Worksheets
Grades 6-8 Pollinator Worksheets

Level 1 Booklet Grades K-1
Level 2 Booklet Grades 2-3
Level 3 Booklet Grades 4-5
Level 4 Booklet Grades 6-8




 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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With deep regret, the 2020 Wisconsin Envirothon is cancelled.  This decision was made with great thought for the safety and well being of all of the students and volunteers involved.  

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 was "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.



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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