Natural resource programs for Scouts, schools and other groups

Staff Report

The Winnebago County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), a locally-operated unit of government, provides educational programs to Scouts, schools and other groups in Winnebago County. Experienced SWCD staff travel to your location and provide “field trip” experiences year-round. Programs are provided on groundwater, watersheds, aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife, recycling/composting, prairies and the Illinois State Symbols.

Most programs and topics are geared toward children in grade/middle school. Adults can request programs on rain barrels, rain gardens and other stormwater-related issues. The SWCD asks for a fee of $2 per participant for a single program lasting no more than three hours. For programs involving combined groups/classes, the fee is $1 per participant. The SWCD asks $1 per participant for programs provided to adult groups. Programs may be conducted indoors or out, depending on the season and topic. Programs can be requested by filling out a program request form, which is on the SWCD website at A comprehensive program menu can also be obtained from the website. SWCD staff will review program request forms and get in contact with applicants to confirm requests. For more information, contct the SWCD office at (815) 965-2392, ext. 3.

From the June 8-14, 2011 issue

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