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Root River Soil and Water Conservation District
805 State Hwy 44/76
Caledonia, MN  55921
p: (507) 724-5261 ext. 3

Soil and Water Conservation District Education

Envirothon

Each year the Root River SWCD, along with ten partnering SWCDs, sponsor this educational, competitive event designed for teams of high school students in SE Minnesota. Envirothon is an outdoor, hands-on learning experience for these students. It centers around five different learning stations (soils, wildlife, water resources, forestry and current environmental issues) each of which are staffed by professionals on that subject.

 

At each station, teams composed of five students answer questions on the subject. Since the event takes place outdoors, questions involve actual contact with natural resources, rather than a “paper and pencil” approach.  After finishing at one station, the team moves on to the next station, approximately 25 minutes is spent at each station.

 

An oral presentation is also part of the day’s activities. A situation is given to the students approximately two months prior to the event.  This allows them ample time to research the situation and answer the questions asked in the form of a presentation.  The day of the Envirothon the students will have seven to ten minutes to make their oral presentation.  The oral presentation problem is the same as the one used at the State Envirothon.

The 2017 Envirothon will be Wednesday, May 3rd at Farmer's Park, Lewiston, MN.  Houston County has three teams registered for this year’s event.  The top three teams from the Area VII competition advance to the State Envirothon on May 15th at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, Lewiston, MN.  The state winner will advance to the national competition.

Sixth Grade Environmental Day

Annually, Houston County’s public and parochial sixth graders look forward to their outing to Camp Winnebago for the 6th Grade Environmental Day. 

This educational day, hosted by the Root River SWCD, is held in an outdoor environmental classroom setting covering topics such as electrical safety, wetlands, rattlesnakes, aquatic invasive species, soil, wildlife, forestry and electro stream shocking. The volunteer presenters provide the students with a fun and memorable hands-on learning opportunity focusing on our natural resources and conservation.

 

 
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