Education

Our educational programs cover a myriad of topics related to our natural resources. Programs can be customized for classroom teachers, students and home schoolers while meeting the Indiana State Standards. Many of our programs are appropriate for families and organizations such as scouts, 4-H, gardening groups, service groups, etc. If you would like a program on a topic not listed below, contact us and we may be able to meet your needs!

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Our Education Programs

Please contact Carla Monical (CM)for scheduling programs. Email address can be found on the Contact Us page.

To schedule, we will need details such as school name, teacher name and grade level, possible dates, times, how many presentations, and number of students.

Programs are divided into three time-frame groups:

Programs Available All Year:

Watershed/Enviroscape
Interactive watershed landscape model shows examples of soil erosion and water pollution. Students participate in hands-on activities and discussion about watersheds and other conservation practices. (Grade 3) 60 min. CM
Cookie Mining
This program is a series of two 50 minutes sessions in the classroom. The program includes discussion of local mining (coal & limestone) and the process used for mining. Next, the students get hands-on experience as Cookie Miners, working to seek optimal profit by mining chocolate chips from cookies. Students experience mning expenses, profits, violations and fines. The cookie mining experience wraps up with a brief discussion about reclamation processes. Teachers will Provide: 1 Pkg of soft batch chocolate chip cookies AND 1 pkg of regular (original) chocolate chip cookies for EACH Classroom. (Grades 4, 5 and 6) 50 min. each session. CM

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Introduction to Trash & Recycling for Home and School
Learn how to rethink daily actions to reduce landfill waste. (Grade 4) 50 min. CM
 
 

Programs Available in Fall:

 

Water Cycle
Through discussion and activities, students learn about the hydrological cycle and the importance of water conservation. The program culminates in a water cycle activity where students become a water drop attempting to maneuver through a water cycle without becoming polluted. Water cycle poster contest is available for students to enter. (Grade 4) 60 min CM
Worms Eat My Garbage
Examine a working compost bin, learn about the benefits of composting, learn worm facts, and set up a bin in your classroom for students to maintain. (Grades 1-3) 50 min. top of pageCM
 

Programs Available in Spring:

 

Seeds & Plants
Students learn parts of a plant and how they grow, where seeds come from, and how seeds are disbursed. Program concludes with students planting seeds to keep in the classroom and watch grow. Teachers provide a small container (recycled milk carton or Capri juice pouch preferred, with top cut off and container rinsed) SWCD will provide soil and seed for activity(Grades K-3) 50 min. CM
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Professional Development

These workshops are available for both formal and informal sessions. Participants receive curriculum guides upon completion of these workshops.

Flying WILD Workshop
This is a program of the Council for Environmental Education. It introduces bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Participants gain experience in hands-on activities from the activity guide that teaches basic biology, identification, and ecology, bird conservation, and service learning activities. By completing the workshop, you will receive the curriculum guide. Great workshop for teachers of grades 4-12, youth groups, clubs, and home schools.
Project WET Workshop
Project WET is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Project WET activities are designed to satisfy the goals of educational programs by complementing existing curricula rather than displacing or adding more concepts. The activities provide opportunities to address curricula objectives and educational standards. These interdisciplinary activities designed for students in grades K-12 are perfect for use in formal and non-formal education settings. (State Standards are addressed). Participants receive curriculum guides following the completion of the workshop. Healthy Water, Healthy People Workshop: The program, entitled Healthy Water, Healthy People promotes stewardship of water resources by teaching educators and students about the relationship between water quality and human and environmental health.Targeting teachers and students in grades six through 12, the Healthy Water, Healthy People program:

Rain Barrels & Composters

Rain Barrel: A rain barrel connected to your downspout—also known as a rain bank—is a great way to keep stormwater out of the system and to cut down your water bill! Instead of water from the tap or faucet, you can use the water you’ve saved to keep your home landscape happy and growing.

Composting: Yard trimmings and food residuals together constitute 26 percent of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.Compost has the ability to help enrich poor soils. The composting process encourages the production of beneficial micro-organisms (mainly bacteria and fungi) which in turn break down organic matter to create humus. Humus--a rich nutrient-filled material--increases the nutrient content in soils and helps soils retain moisture.

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Educational Trunks for Loan

Healthy Water Healthy People
Numerous activities and educational materials appropriate for students grades 6-12. Water Quality Educators Guide makes it easy for teachers to prepare and lead Healthy Water Healthy People activities.
A Goose Named Gilligan
Students role play the book, A Goose Named Gilligan written by Indiana author Jerry M. Hay. Following the story, students can reflect on conservation concepts. Appropriate for grades 2-3.
Capture Store and Release
Necessary equipment for a Project WET activity that introduces the concept of how wetlands capture, store, and release water. Appropriate for grades 4 and up. top of page