As our communities change, land use changes. Decisions that property owners make will impact our natural resources. Continued investments in conserving and promoting stewardship of our land and water resources will help ensure that future generations will enjoy the best Ohio has to offer for outdoor experiences and abundant food and water.
The soil and water conservation districts aim to educate all ages about conservation through various formats: Youth, Agricultural, Urban, and General Public.
For decades, hundreds of local officials and communities have reaped the environmental, economic and political benefits of SWCD staff communicating good science. Detailing natural resource impacts at planning and zoning meetings; explaining erosion and sediment control regulations at workshops, and acting as advisor in the development and implementation of storm water management plans.
The ENVIROTHON is an environmental high school competition designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources among high school students. Students are tested on their knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. In addition, the Envirothon encourages cooperative decision-making and team building. While each student on a team is challenged to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of the competition is the team score. A team consists of five students, all from the same high school. An adult advisor (or advisors) must accompany the team, but is not permitted to assist the team during the competition.
The Conservation Crusader is a program developed by the OFSWCD, National Association of Conservation Districts(NACD), and Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) to educate the public about the importance of protecting our natural resources. For more information about this program, visit www.conservationcrusader.org, www.facebook.com/conservationcrusader, or www.twitter.com/swcdcrusader
State Science Day
Each year, State Science Day brings over 1,000 of the best and brightest student scientists in Ohio to The Ohio State University to compete for close to 100 sponsored scholarships and awards. The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors four awards under the category of natural resources. For more information, please visit http://www.ohiosci.org/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Spellmire Academy of Conservation Leadership
Today’s challenges are great for SWCDs throughout Ohio’s 88 counties as a result of economic stress, rapidly changing land use, water quality, nutrient stewardship issues, and a renewed urgency to address energy needs. However, for Ohio to succeed in economic development, education, environmental stewardship, agriculture and energy production, and so much more, conservation must be a top priority. To help address these challenges and to build towards future success, the OFSWCD’s leadership academy was developed a few years ago with the assistance of The Ohio State University and the ODNR, Division of Soil and Water Resources. This program was initially designed specifically for SWCD supervisors, however is now open to our SWCD employees and conservation partners with stronger focus on day to day issues impacting districts, offering decision making tools, and providing better direction towards tomorrow’s challenges.
Auxiliary Scholarship Information
The Auxiliary Scholarship is available to children and grandchildren of a present or past Ohio SWCD Supervisor. Applications must be postmarked by April 15 of each year.
NACD Poster Constest
The Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Auxiliary holds the state competition for the The National Association of Conservation Districts Poster Contest. Please see the attachments below for contest rules, resources, and entry form. Please send the Posters to the OFSWCD office by June 30. 8995 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068