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Conservation District
11360 Highway 212, Suite 6
Cologne, MN 55322

P: (952) 466-5230

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Metro Area Envirothon

The Metro Area Envirothon for Junior High (grades 6-8) and Senior High (grades 9-12) students will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska.  Five-member teams, from the same school, will compete in this unique hands-on environmental educational program, answering questions about Minnesota's natural resources.  The five main categories of the Envirothon consist of: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Events issue which is determined each year by the NCF-Envirothon.  

The 2019 current events national topic is "Agriculture and the Environment - Knowledge and Technology to feed the World." Senior High students are also required to give a 10-minute oral presentation related to the Current Events topic, to a panel of judges.  Oral presentations are worth 30 points.

The top 3 Senior High teams will advance to the Minnesota State Envirothon, where they will compete for the chance to represent Minnesota at the NCF Envirothon over the summer.  If you are a teacher in the metro area, and would like to be a part of the Envirothon, please contact Felicia Brockoff at 952.466.5230, or you can register your team with the link below!

2019 Metro Area Envirothon Information

Additional helpful Envirothon resources:

Outdoor Classrooms at Local Schools

The SWCD worked with Clearwater Middle School in Waconia to create an outdoor classroom at the school.  We assisted them in developing a tree planting and a native grass planting. 

Schools in the area could set up outdoor classrooms for studies on water quality, fertilizer use, ponds or wetlands, and forestry, just to name a few.  Every school has natural resources on their grounds, whether it's water runoff from the roof or parking lot, to using the fertilizer on the grounds, or preserving its natural habitat.  Let the SWCD help you set up an outdoor classroom at your school, to learn how to manage our resources right in your schools backyard!

Outstanding Conservationists

Each year, the Carver SWCD Board of Supervisors identifies a number of candidates that have done an outstanding job using conservation treatments on their land, or within their community.  The SWCD Board evaluates and selects a candidate that best represents a cooperative effort with district programs.  This candidate is an honored guest of the Carver SWCD at the MASWCD State Convention.  A state winner is selected from the 90 local SWCD winners. 

Following is a list of past Carver SWCD Outstanding Conservationist winners:

  • 2018 Tim & Amy Leonard, Norwood Young America 
  • 2017 Lori Cox - Roots Return Heritage Farm, Carver
  • 2016 Dick & Pauline Molnau 
  • 2015 Alex & Sandy Krengel

If you know of someone who you feel should be nominated to be the Carver County Outstanding Conservationist, please contact the SWCD office at (952) 466-5230.  We would be pleased to have your input!


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11360 Highway 212, Suite 6
Cologne, MN 55322
Phone: (952) 466-5230

Primary Contact

Felicia Brockoff, Administrative Assistant

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