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Natural Resources and Conservation Education Programs

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Classroom Programs

The Dates Listed Below are Tentative Dates and are Dependent Upon School Policies pertaining to Student Health and Safety


3rd Grade Spring Nature Days - Rasmusen Natural Area

April 2023

2nd Grade Activity Day - Shabbona Park

September 2023

4th Grade Fall Nature Days - Rasmusen Natural Area
October 2023

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.

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  • Congratulations to 2022 Scholarship Recipients

       Rilan Rosengren, $1000 Krenz Scholarship

       Nate Othon - Seneca HS - Land Use Contests

       Chris Poyner - Seneca HS - Agronomy Contest

  • 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 line date, April 6, 2023. 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 he or she graduates 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


Education Committee
  • Meets as needed

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