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Dragonhunter dragonfly nymph caught by Environmental Science students from Harvey High School while stream monitoring.  Students determine water quality of the Grand River as part of our stream monitoring program, Watershed Watch.
Lake SWCD offers natural resource education opportunities to  schools, after-school clubs, and adult groups, free of charge. 

Click here for our current Conservation Program Offerings Brochure

Click here for the Lake SWCD Conservation Education Programs Ohio Science Correlations Guide.

Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp

The Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering a full scholarship to Camp Canopy (formerly Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp) to a qualified Lake County high school student.
The Ohio Forestry Association organizes this event which is held annually at Camp Muskingum in Carroll County. This year’s camp will run from June 10-15, 2018.  The camp is designed for high school students, ages 15-18. Completion of the eighth grade is a requirement. Students with an interest in natural resource conservation are strongly encouraged to apply. The sessions include hands-on instruction on tree and wildlife identification, forest management for timber and wildlife and stream monitoring.  Students are taught by camp staff and professional foresters. Ample free time is available for fishing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, volleyball and other outdoor recreation. The cost of this camp is $375 per student. Lake SWCD will pay the full camp fee, for one Lake County resident.Lake SWCD must receive the student’s scholarship application, camp registration form, and one (1) letter of recommendation from a teacher by April 16th, 2018. Lake County Soil & Water Conservation District will notify each applicant of their status by May 4th. The scholarship winner will be responsible for transportation, personal camp needs and any additional camp costs. 
If you know a student who would enjoy this opportunity, please pass along this scholarship application. If you are unable to print copies from the pdf below, please contact Natalie at [email protected]
For more information please see the Camp Canopy Webpage or download the news release

Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp 2018 scholarship information

Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp 2018 scholarship information2

Envirothon is a national, academic, outdoor competition for high school students, which is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources.  The Envirothon tests students’ knowledge of natural resources in five categories:  soils, wildlife, forestry, aquatics, and current environmental issues.  Students compete through team problem solving activities.  While each student on an Envirothon team is challenged to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of an Envirothon is the team score.  

Five Area Envirothons are conducted around Ohio in late spring.  The top four teams from each of these Area competitions progress to the Ohio Envirothon in June.  This state level contest is held in a different part of Ohio each year.  The top-scoring team in the Ohio Envirothon is eligible to compete in the international Envirothon, hosted by a different state or province every year.  

If you would like to start an Envirothon team at your school, please contact Natalie Gertz-Young at the District office. 

Links to more information

Envirothon North America

Ohio Envirothon

2019 Area II Envirothon


Congratulations to Perry High School on their second Place finish!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Beaumont Scout Reservation in Rock Creek, Ohio

2019 Area 2 Envirothon Results


2019 Ohio State Envirothon

Area 3

June 10-11, 2019

Franciscan University

1235 University Blvd

Steubenville, OH 43952

North American Envirothon

2019  NCF- Envirothon  
Raleigh, North Carolina

July 28 – August 2, 2019

North State University

Raleigh, NC 27695 

July 28 – August 2, 2019 2019 Key Topic  Resources

Agriculture and the Environment: Knowledge and technology to feed the world(2019)

There are many articles that estimate the population of the Earth to be approximately 9 billion by the year 2050.  One of the primary concerns for the agricultural industry is how will farmers be able to grow enough food to feed this growing population, while also protecting natural resources such as soil, water, air, wildlife, and forestry resources. 

Students will learn the concepts of how agriculture and all natural resource areas are interrelated, and how the use of new technologies are key to increase food production.   Key topics will include:

  • Understand the importance of moving toward sustainable farming systems to conserve natural resources, mitigate climate change, reduce erosion and protect water quality and quantity, and promote pollination;
    • Comprehension of farming practices that build soil organic matter such as composting, crop rotations, cover crops, conservation tillage, and management intensive grazing systems to improve soil health;
  • Understand integrated pest management and biological pest control techniques used to prevent insect pest, disease, and weed problems;
  • Understand the role of new technology: agricultural biotechnology; precision agriculture; and using UAV (drones, GIS, etc.) to increase farm efficiency for food production.

Watershed Watch  

Every year from May through October, students and community members from across the county find themselves with wet feet and hands. These groups are a part of Watershed Watch, a stream monitoring program. Lake County SWCD employees assist groups in collecting macroinvertebrate samples. The macroinvertebrates are aquatic animals (mostly insects) that can be useful in indicating the general health of a river and its upstream tributaries. Many of the classes also take chemical measurements of  river conditions.  Local schools, organizations and Lake County SWCD have been providing this hands-on science experience for over 20 years, and their results are recorded as part of the official data for Ohio’s Scenic Rivers program.  

Stream monitoring in the news!

Please contact Natalie if you are interested in getting your school  or group involved in Watershed Watch

Useful Links:

Grand River Stream gauge

Chagrin River Stream Gauge

Intellicast – hour-by-hour weather forecast

Monitoring sites:

Grand River Watershed Watch stations

GR 6.2: Kiwanis Recreation Park
GR 9.4: Helen Hazen Wyman Metropark
BC 0.1: Helen Hazen Wyman Metropark
KC 0.1: Helen Hazen Wyman Metropark
GR 14.2: Indian Point Metropark
PC 0.1: Indian Point Metropark
GR 22.4: Hidden Valley Metropark
Chagrin River Watershed Watch stations:

CH 4.9: Daniels Park
CH 12.7: Old River Farm Park, North Chagrin Reservation
EB 5.0: Kirtland Hills Service Yard
EB 6.1: St Huber’s Church
Pierson’s Creek

Chagrin 2008 (PDF)

Grand 2008 (PDF)

Muddy Hands

    Muddy Hands is a newsletter written by Lake SWCD, and sent to all Lake County elementary teachers, and middle and high school science teachers.  If you are a teacher or homeschool parent who doesn’t already receive Muddy Hands, call or e-mail the District office.

    Lake SWCD has copies of many back issues at the office.  If you would like a printed copy of any back issues, call or stop by.  Classroom sets are also available for some issues.

2014 Spring – Decomposition and Composting

2011 Winter – Life in the Lake Erie Watershed

2010 Winter – Growing Agricultural Knowledge

2009 Spring – Forecasting Facts, Myths and Folklore

2008 Winter – Plant Migration

2008 Spring – Pollination Appreciation

2008 Fall – Trees and Urban Forests

2007 2 Winter – Weather, Lake Effect

2006 2 Winter – Teaching outside the Box

2006 1 Fall – History Flowing By

2005 3 Spring – Ohio’s Endangered Wildlife

2005 2 Winter – Cycles

2005 1 Fall Stormwater

2004 3 Spring – Watersheds

2004 2 Winter – Indoor Land Labs

2004 1 Fall – Environmental Education

2003 1 Fall – Wetlands