As our communities change, land use changes. Decisions that property owners make will impact our natural resources. Continued investments in conserving and promoting stewardship of our land and water resources will help ensure that future generations will enjoy the best Ohio has to offer for outdoor experiences and abundant food and water.
The soil and water conservation districts aim to educate all ages about conservation through various formats: Youth, Agricultural, Urban, and General Public.
For decades, hundreds of local officials and communities have reaped the environmental, economic and political benefits of SWCD staff communicating good science. Detailing natural resource impacts at planning and zoning meetings; explaining erosion and sediment control regulations at workshops, and acting as advisor in the development and implementation of storm water management plans.

The ENVIROTHON is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources among high school students.
The Envirothon tests students' knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. In addition, the Envirothon encourages cooperative decision-making and team building. 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. A team consists of five students, all from the same high school. An adult advisor (or advisors) must accompany the team, but is not permitted to assist the team during the competition. For more information, visit

Conservation Crusader
The Conservation Crusader is a program developed by the OFSWCD, National Association of Conservation Districts(NACD), and Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS) to educate the public about the importance of protecting our natural resources. For more information about this program, visit,, or

Auxiliary Scholarship Information
The Auxiliary Scholarship is available to children and grandchildren of a present or past Ohio SWCD Supervisor. Applications are due April 15 of each year. Download Application.

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Columbus, Ohio 43224
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