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Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District 



Every County in Ohio has a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), which is a political subdivision of the State.  In response to conservation concerns raised as a result of the 1930's dustbowl, SWCD's were formed in the late 1940's to complement a federal government agency (now titled the Natural Resources Conservation Service).  Both local and federal agencies worked together to encourage farmers and landowners to employ practices on the land for the conservation of soil and water resources.  Today SWCDs share the common goal of conservation of natural resources on urban and rural lands.
All local government grants funds Natural Resource Conservation Service and are now under the Ohio Department of Agriculture-Division of Soil & Water Conservation. With these resources the SWCD is a vehicle for bringing local governments and residents together to address natural resource conservation challenges in urban and rural settings.


Soil & Water Conservation Districts provide the following services:

Technical assistance (design, promote, facilitate)

Equipment Rental

Education (all ages and occupations)

Local eyes and ears and “boots on the ground”

Nutrient Management

Ditch Maintenance 







Paulding SWCD Legal Notice

for Equipment Bids






















FREE Spring Family Fun Day!

Are you and the family tired of being stuck in the house? Do you need to unplug? Let the Paulding SWCD help you out with that by coming to our Nature Center Spring Fun Day!






2019 Paulding SWCD Fish & Tree Sales

Our 2019 Spring Fish & Tree Sales are underway! Click here for more information!






Digging Deeper Soils Workshop

Are you in need of some innovative ideas to teach your students about soils, weathering, or erosion? Join the Black Swamp Educators for our Digging Deeper Soils Workshop where we will uncover unique ways you can bring soils education alive to your classroom!

Note: Local Credits for Continuing Education may be available through your Local Professional Development Committee. You will be presented with a certificate verifying attendance and contact hours. 


Click on the link below to register!


Digging Deeper Soils Registration Form




2018-2019 Paulding SWCD Photo Contest


Do you enjoy taking photos of the great outdoors? We want to see your shots during our 2018-2019 Photo Contest! Cash prizes awarded for the top 1st and 2nd place in each division. 1st Place will receive $25 and 2nd Place will receive $10 in two divisions (9-18) and (18 and over).


Entries will be due to our office on June 3rd, 2019.



See complete contest rules below:


2018-2019 Photo Contest Rules & Guidelines










The Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District has partnered with the Paulding County Area Foundation to create the Friends of the Black Swamp Nature Center Fund! The purpose of this fund will be to provide for projects at the Nature Center that help to maintain and enhance the beauty of the park.

Some projects include:

Native Pollinator Garden
Stone for trails
Mulch for landscaping
An identification sign on the BSNC building


Benches for trails
Increased number of trail cameras for security

Recreational Games

Trash/Recycling Bins
And many more!

Donations are tax deductible and may be sent to:


Paulding County Area Foundation

Attn: Friends of the Black Swamp Nature Center

101 E. Perry St.

Paulding, OH 45879 






A PDF Version of the 2018-2019 Paulding SWCD Education Programming Booklet is now avaialble! This is where you will find a detailed description of each program offered. There is a version for Elementary (Grades PreK-5th) and Junior High/High School (Grades 6-12).


Click Here for more information!


Native Grass Plantings coming to Black Swamp Nature Center & Children's Home!

If you regularly visit the Black Swamp Nature Center, you may notice a few changes taking place this year to this treasured site. Fear not, we are in the process of making the nature center an even more beautiful place for moth humans and wildlife! The Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District has received approval from the Paulding County Commissioners to establish native grass plantings at the Black Swamp Nature Center and the Jacob Eaton Children's Home.
These plantings will include a variety of native annual and perennial species designed to add to the beauty of these areas and to provide much needed habitat for our ever important pollinators and wildlife/ This will be a three year project, so stay tuned for further developments and surely let us know if you have any questions! 


 In Cooperation with the Paulding County Commissioners:
Roy Klopfenstein
Mark Holtsberry
Tony Zartman




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