Kids Day for Conservation Soil Tunnel © H. Keirstead
The Benton Soil & Water Conservation District is committed to serving the youth and educators of Benton County. To this end, we participate in and offer a variety of programs and resources including:

  1. Salmon Watch: BSWCD coordinates Salmon Watch field trips for Benton County Schools. Our goal is to get all fifth graders out on a Salmon Watch field trip each fall. Salmon Watch information can be found at the Linn Benton Salmon Watch website.
  2. Participation in Educational Field Days: Some examples include: Forest Camp and Girl Scout Camp.
  3. Educator Workshops/Trainings: We participate in and/or help fund educator workshops with partner organizations (such as OSU Extension). View upcoming opportunities on our Calendar or the OSU Extension calendar.
  4. Student Mentoring: BSWCD staff occasionally mentor K-12 students working on senior projects or other community service efforts related to natural resources or outreach. The PHS Compost Project is one example and the Pretty Invaders Brochure is another. Contact us to find out more.
  5. Internships and Student Projects. We occasionally create internships for students interested in pursuing careers in outreach, environmental education and natural resources conservation.
  6. Conservation Education Grants for formal and non-formal educators working in Benton County.
  7. Summer Ag Institute Scholarships for educators working in Benton County to attend Session #1 of the Summer Ag Institute.
  8. Making Ripples Mailing List to inform educators of opportunities.
  9. Teen Weed Spotters in partnership with OSU Extension 4-H, we work with youth of Benton County on weed inventorying, control and awareness campaigns.
  10. Lessons that we have created and tested and are happy to share with you.
  11. Supplies and Equipment available for you to borrow. Ask us about using the weed wrenches, curriculum guides, soil tunnel, soil testing equipment and more!

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