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!

Adopt-A-Tree Program

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:  2017 first place poster for 5th grade by Emily Anderson.  Emily won first place in the local competition and the state competition. Click the poster to see a larger image.

Ag Expo

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.


PACD utilizes the Enviroscape to teach about watershed concepts.

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Education is one of the main services we offer at the Popo Agie Conservation District. We can come to your classroom and teach or  provide you with resources to utilize yourself. We have those really cool rubber animal tracks, rock and mineral collections, CDs,  games, and more. You really need to stop in and take a look at all of the things available at your local conservation district office.