The Carroll County SWCD hosts a variety of education programs as well as outreach efforts. Below are the details on some of these programs:
- Planting the Conservation Seed - backyard stewardship program conducted with 1st Grade Carroll County students by providing each child with a tulip or daffodil bulb for fall planting.
- Conservation Nature Days with 2nd Grade students throughout the county. This event is held annually at YMCA Camp Benson. The intent is to allow children the opportunity to utilize an "outdoor classroom" as they learn about various conservation topics including: recycling, soybeans, soils, forestry, bird identification, fish, as well as taking a nature hike.
High School Programs
- Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebrations are held each year. The SWCD provides a free tree seedling to each 3rd Grade student in the county. The Ogle-Carroll Agricultural Partnership also provides a program on tree farming for these students in conjunction with this activity.
- Tri-County Conservation Day is conducted each fall at the Palisades State Park. This event is open to all 4th Grade students in Carroll, Jo Daviess, and Whiteside counties. During the course of the day, the students travel from one station to the next learning about various conservation topics. This event is part of our local initiative to get kids outside exploring and learning about their natural environment.
- Conservation Stewardship Poster Contest is held each winter for all 4th Grade students in the county. The theme is chosen at the national level to coincide with the observance of Soil Stewardship Week. Winning poster entries advance to the state and national levels of competition.
- Several teams of high school students throughout the county participate in the Land Use Council #1 Envirothon each spring. This competition encompasses Carroll, Jo Daviess, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, and Whiteside Counties. The event requires the students to prepare in advance by studying materials on five categories: Soils, Forestry, Aquatics, Wildlife, & a Current Issue, which changes each year. On the day of the competition, the five-member teams listen to presentations on each of these topics and take a written exam over the materials they have learned. Teams are also required to prepare an oral presentation on the current issue. The winning team advances to the Illinois Envirothon. The winner of the Illinois Envirothon then advances to the Canon Envirothon, an international competition.
- Each year the Carroll County SWCD Board of Directors awards a $500 scholarship to one Carroll County High School student who will be pursuing a college education in an agricultural or natural resource field of study.
- Farm Tours - The Carroll County SWCD hosts tours on a regular basis to provide landowners the opportunity to view conservation practices that are either in progress or have previously been completed to help educate them in a hands-on manner.
- Workshops - The Carroll County SWCD periodically holds workshops as education opportunities for landowners and/or farmers to learn about new programs or opportunities available to them. This format allows landowners to gather information as well as ask questions about various conservation practices and managment techniques.