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Natural Resources and Conservation
Education Programs

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2024 Scholarship Recipient

  • To be announced$2,000 Krenz Scholarship

  •  - Land Use Contest Winner

  •  - Animal Contest WInner

  • Krenz  Memorial Scholarship -  A $2,000 scholarship is available to a LaSalle high school senior or current college freshman, sophomore, or junior who is pursuing a degree in agriculture, environmental sciences, or natural resource management.  The scholarship is awarded in May each year.  Applications must be received in the District Office by deadline of March 1, 2024. Application Form

  • Section VII FFA Scholarships – LaSalle County SWCD will award $500 scholarships to each winner of the Section VII  Animal Judging Contest, Land Judging Contest, Ag Mechanics Contest, and Agronomy Contest..  These career development contest scholarships will be paid out to each winner when they graduate from high school and completes the first semester in a university, junior college, or technical school.  

  • George McKibben Scholarship. - This scholarship has been established by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District (AISWCD) to assist outstanding agriculture students in the completion of their education at any Illinois state college (University of Illinois, Eastern, Western, Southern and Illinois State). The student awarded the scholarship should demonstrate superior agriculture academic achievement, commitment to soil and water conservation and potential for innovation and/or leadership ability. The AISWCD Scholarship is awarded in the fall semester of the academic year. Application Form


In Classroom Conservation Programs

Lasalle Soil and Water Conservation District offers a variety of in class, hands on activities for 3rd and 4th Graders. Please call or email Audrey Moreno the office for more details.


Nature Days 

3rd Grade Spring Nature Days - Rasmusen Natural Area

April 25, 2024

2nd Grade Activity Day - Shabbona Park

September 2024

4th Grade Fall Nature Days - Rasmusen Natural Area
October 2024


Service Groups/ 4-H Clubs

SWCD is now offering activities and presentations for civic groups and 4-H Clubs.

Call or email for more details

Power Point Soils Lessons

Attention Educators: Visit the Soil Science Society of America  Soils Lessons Website for soil facts, lessons, links, activities and experiments. Just posted to the site are two Power Point presentations to help teach the Soil Color Lesson and the Soil Texture Lesson. The site focuses on educational resources for K-12 teachers.

Outdoor Education Areas

The LaSalle County Soil and Water Conservation District owns and manages two properties for educational purposes. The property, known as the Costello Nature Reserve  is located in the Illinois River Bluff area between Marseilles and Seneca and was donated to the district in the fall of 2004 by the Costello and Vignola families. The Rasmusen Nature Area is an outdoor education area in Northville Township that was donated to the District in the early 90's by the Rasmusen family. Please watch Facebook and this website for scheduled activities.

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