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In celebration of Arbor Day and Soil and Water Stewardship Week, PACD sponsors the annual Adopt-A-Tree Program. The program presents seedling trees to students at area elementary schools. The students learn the importance of trees for humans and the environment, parts of a tree, and proper planting and care for their newly-adopted trees. Approximately 240 seedlings are adopted every year!
Fourth graders show off their newly adopted trees.
Annual Soil & Water Stewardship Week Poster Contest
Soil and Water Stewardship Week is a national event at the end of April each year. The Popo Agie Conservation District offers students the opportunity to participate by hosting a poster contest. The national organization emphasizes a theme each year and the students use their artistic abilities to create posters to convey the theme message. The PACD Board of Supervisors choose the winners and award those students cash prizes.
Pictured left: 2016 first place poster for 5th grade by Kelsey Plaisted.
Each year, the Lander Valley Cattlewomen sponsor an Ag Expo event in order to transport local area elementary students into the world of agriculture. PACD enjoys this opportunity to educate students about the importance of soils as a natural resource. Sally Soil explains that most of our food comes from soil so we need to take care of it.
Here, Sally Soil is showing the kids a fresh batch of soil from her soils kitchen.
Annual World Water Monitoring Challenge
PACD staff leads local field studies each year in recognition of World Water Monitoring Challenge. Nearly 250 local students participate by collecting scientific water quality data in the Popo Agie and Little Wind River watersheds. Students use test kits to collect samples and then test for pH, dissolved oxygen, water temperature, and turbidity. They also collect and identify aquatic macroinvertebrates. The student’s data is included on an internet database for each monitored site. Several sites in the area now have several years of water quality data!
Fifth graders learn about testing the chemical and physical properties of water.
Natural Resource Education in the Classroom
The Popo Agie Conservation District offers many natural resource education activities for local schools and youth groups. District staff utilizes Wyoming Ag in the Classroom Tool Chest, Project WET, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, as well as several other sources to provide engaging activities for students which teach conservation concepts that also fit current education standards in Wyoming.
Outdoor Education Day
Outdoor Education Day is just that! It’s a time for the area 4th grade students to be educated on outdoor things that surround us here in the Lander area. Topics include identifying plants, birds, fish, and animals; weather; and safety when hiking – to mention a few. This is a great program that combines learning with lots of fun.
Fourth graders learn about fish identification.
Click here to view a short video of the day's highlights!