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
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 www.conservationcrusader.org,
www.facebook.com/conservationcrusader, or www.twitter.com/swcdcrusader
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.
Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
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P.O. Box 24518
Columbus, Ohio 43224