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Patrick Troyer is our Education Specialist with the Paulding SWCD. He would like the opportunity to visit with your classrooms, club, or organization, and teach your students/members about a variety of different conservation topics that are correlated with your state standards free of charge! Most programs are 30-45 minutes in length and work well with a classroom of 30 or less students. Presentations can be tailored to your specific grade level. Please contact Patrick to schedule a program for your classroom today!

If you can't find a topic listed below that suits your needs, please call 419-399-4771 or email patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org to discuss other options. Stay tuned for further updates! 



 
 
2017-2018 PAULDING SWCD EDUCATION PROGRAM GUIDE

A PDF Version of the 2017-2018 Paulding SWCD Education Programming Booklet is now avaialble! This is where you will find a detailed description of each program offered.

2017-2018 Education Programming Booklet.




STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

2018 Area 1 Envirothon- April 25th, 2018 Blue Creek Conservation Area (Lucas County)

Northwest Ohio

The Envirothon is a multi-disciplinary, environmental problem-solving culminating a series of annual competitions. Teams of five high school students (grades 9-12) train and compete in the areas of soils, aquatics, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues at regional, state and national levels.

The Envirothon program originated in Pennsylvania in 1979 as a hands-on, outdoor competition to test high school students' knowledge of natural resources and environmental issues. The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts sponsored it.

 In 1988, the original name, Enviro-Olympics was changed to Envirothon. That year, Pennsylvania hosted the first National Envirothon, which consisted of teams from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Ohio. The first Ohio Envirothon was held the following year. Six teams participated, with students from East Knox High School Capturing first place and representing Ohio in the 1989 National Envirothon.

 In 1990, the Envirothon grew dramatically in Ohio, with more than sixty teams participating in four Area Envirothons. Ohio hosted the National Envirothon that year near Zanesville with Maine, Maryland, and New York joining the competition.

By 1993, the Envirothon was well established in Ohio and on its way to becoming a truly national program. More than three hundred students participated in five Area Envirothons in Ohio. The 1993 National Envirothon was held at Niagara Falls, New York and attracted teams from nineteen states and one Canadian province. The program has grown every year since the 1988 competition in Pennsylvania when just three states competed to the thirty-two states and three Canadian provinces participating in the 1996 national competition held in Nebraska. Nova Scotia hosted the 2000 National Envirothon.

 In Ohio, the Envirothon continues to grow as more and more high school students take the opportunity to display their knowledge of the environment. Ohio's Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsor five Area Envirothons each year and welcome new high school students to join in this exciting and rewarding educational experience. 

For contest information and study materials, visit www.area1envirothon.org!

Paulding FFA Chapter Team 2 (2017)



Vantage FFA Chapter (2016) 




WORKSHOPS

 Black Swamp Educators Extravaganza


Left to Right: Wendy Baker (Grover Hill Elm), Patrick Troyer (Paulding SWCD), Linda Mabis (Antwerp Elm), and Marie Plassman (Antwerp Elm) enjoy a tour of Nature Fresh Farms during the 2017 Black Swamp Education Extravaganza. 

The Black Swamp Education Extravaganza will once again make its return on June 20-22, 2017 at Sauder Village in Archbold. If you have not attended this event before, please consider as it is very well worth the trip as you will obtain innovative ideas to promote environmental education in your classroom through interactive demonstrations using curriculum aligned with State Board of Education Standards as well as guided tours to various businesses around Archbold and Fulton County. 

Take a look at our brochure for registration details and agenda!

2017 BSEE Registration Form & Agenda

For more information contact Patrick Troyer at patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org or 419-399-4771!


2017-2018 Paulding Soil & Water Conservation District Education Programs

Below is just a snapshot of classroom and outside events we offer. Presentations can be tailored to your specific grade level. Refer to the Program Booklet above for detailed information: 

Multiple Grade Levels *NEW FOR 2017-2018*:
 

The Incredible Journey (Water Cycle)
Approximate Time:  35 minutes

*NEW* ENVIROSCAPE MODEL: WETLANDS

In this program, students will view the Wetlands Enviroscape Model where they will visualize the functions of wetlands and the benefits they provide to the environment. The Wetlands Enviroscape Model demonstrates the human activities which may negatively affect wetlands and allow students to experiment with methods that can help conserve and protect them. Also, the Wetlands Enviroscape demonstrates the water absorption and water holding capacity of wetlands, all students to visually experience the improvement in water quality, experiment with the impact of wetlands or the lack of wetlands upon flooding and erosion, understand the function of constructed wetlands.
                                                                           Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* 4R LAKE: A GLIMPSE AT WATER QUALITY (STEM Program)
We all enjoy fresh, clean water, not only for nourishment, but for recreation and many other uses in our daily lives. This program and the demonstration that follows will help to serve as a reminder to all of us of the simple things that we can do to help keep our waterways clean. Students will start out with a small baggie with a “clean lake” which will not stay clean for long. Over the program, we will see grass clippings, fertilizer, pet wastes, and soap/car chemicals make their way to the lake, but we are not done! Also affecting the water quality of our lake will be sunshine and wind which mix up all the pollutants. How is the water quality now? Students will be able to take their “lake” home and wear it as a necklace with some reminders on how to keep our waterways clean. 
                                                                          Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION (ENVIROSCAPE MODEL)
Thanks to a grant from Ohio EPA, students will get to see first-hand how everyone plays their individual part in the health of our waterways through the Non-Point Source Enviroscape Model. Different pollutants such as manure, soil, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil, and many more are introduced to the environment. Students see how this pollution spreads when a big rainstorm comes and pollutes the rivers and streams to become runoff. 
                                                                        Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* DRINKING WATER & WASTEWATER SYSTEMS (ENVIROSCAPE MODEL)

Do you know where your water comes from and how it is treated? The Drinking Water/Wastewater Enviroscape Model traces the path of the water we use in our communities. Real water is drawn from the river and enters the water treatment plant processes, then clean water is delivered for residential and commercial uses and wastewater is sent for treatment with treated water returned to the river. Students will be able to gain an understanding of the processes involved with the treatment of water from the time it is drawn at the source, reaches their homes, and the discharge of water back into nature following treatment and about groundwater resources. 

                                                                          Approximate Time:  30 minutes

Other Presentation Topics
        Weather
        Cover Crops
        Erosion
        Mosquitoes

        Water Cycle
        Trading/Markets
         Rocks
         Watersheds
         Pollution
    

OHIO WILDLIFE
Samples of various animal furs, both native and surrounding states.
 
Approximate Time: 45-60 minutes

 
 

BLACK SWAMP NATURE CENTER TOURS

Wonderful field trip opportunity for any age group!  There are mounted birds and fish in the building.  Well-kept trails and yards for site seeing outdoors.  Discover nature at its fullest and have fun doing it by going on a scavenger hunt to find some treasures!


Approximate Time: Open


Grade Level: Headstart/Pre-Kindergarten

Stuff Animals/Pelts

Birds

Owls

Mosquitoes

Thunder in a Cup

Black Bears & Animal Hibernation

 Grade Level: Kindergarten

ANIMAL HIBERNATION
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* OH DEER!
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* OWLS
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

THUNDERSTORM IN A CUP
Approximate Time:  30 minutes


WORM FARM

Approximate Time:  30 minutes


 FARMERS AND FARMING
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

DON’T USE IT ALL UP (WATER)
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

Grade Level: 1st Grade

EVERY TREE FOR ITSELF

Approximate Time:  30 minutes

DON’T CROAK (FROGS)

Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* WHAT'S WILD?

Approximate Time:  30 minutes


*NEW* TERRIFIC TURKEYS

Approximate Time:  30 minutes


Grade Level: 2nd Grade 

 

OHIO WILDLIFE

Approximate Time:  60 minutes


VERIMOCOMPOSTING (WORMS)

 

Approximate Time:  30 minutes

 

*NEW* WEATHER & CLIMATE

 

Approximate Time:  30 minutes

 

*NEW* POWER TO THE POLLINATORS!

Approximate Time:  30 minutes


Grade Level: 3rd Grade 

SOILS MODEL
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* ADAPTING TO CHANGE: BEAVERS
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* RENEWABLE OR NOT: NATURAL RESOURCES
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* ROCK ON!: ROCK BASICS
Approximate Time:  30 minutes


Grade Level: 4th Grade

SINKHOLE IN A CUP
Approximate Time:  45 minutes

MARCO MAYHEM
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* FOSSILS
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

STREAMULATOR: HOW DOES MY STREAM CHANGE THE LAND?
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

*NEW* WILDLIFE CSI
Approximate Time:  30 minutes

Grade Level: 5th Grade

 

OWL PELLETS
Approximate Time:  45 minutes

*NEW* ALL IN THIS TOGETHER (FOOD WEBS)
Approximate Time:  40 minutes

Sum of the Parts: 

 

Approximate Time 30 minutes

 
 

Just Passing Through:
Approximate Time: 40 minutes

Dig Those Chips!:

Approximate Time: 45 minutes   


 Grade Level: 6th & 7th

 

 

WATERSHEDS
Approximate Time:  40 minutes

CAREER CRITTERS
Approximate Time:  40 minutes

STREAMULATOR
Approximate Time:  40 minutes

WATER QUALITY: ASK THE BUGS
Approximate Time:  40 minutes

GEOLOGY
Approximate Time:  40 minutes

DIG THOSE CHIPS! (MARKETING):

 Approximate Time: 45 minutes  
 

If you have an idea for a specific presentation, please feel free to contact the Paulding SWCD office at 419-399-4771 or patrick.troyer@pauldingswcd.org! 
 
 
Additional information:
 
 
Project Wild School Site Grants
 
·         Our office is willing to assist you in writing grants involving Project Wild.
 
·         We are also available for assistance with projects after grants are accepted.
·         SWCD Staff is available for workshops, seminars, and training for you and your staff.