FCCS-Wish-2014_Icon-Color Franklin Soil and Water is once again participating in the Children Services Holiday WISH program. Holiday Wish allows youth under the care of Franklin County Children Services to request a special toy or gift. Each year, the central Ohio community provides gifts for more than 5,500 children who may have experienced abuse, neglect or other difficult home conditions. In some cases, these are the only gifts that these children will receive all year. You can help make the holidays special.

There are many ways you can help, so if you are in the holiday spirit, we will be accepting new unwrapped toys for children of all ages at our office up until 12/16/2016. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. To find out more ways that you can help and be apart of an amazing program, click here for the 2016 Holiday Wish flyer!

Let’s help put the magic and sparkle into the holidays for children across Franklin County! Questions? Call (614) 486-9613.

What's New

Educators & Youth Leaders

2016 Conservation Poster Contest winners

2016 Conservation Poster Contest winners

The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual conservation poster contest has come to a close for another year! This year, 12 schools with over 1,000 students participated from grades K-12.  This year’s theme was “We All Need Trees” focusing on the importance and environmental benefits of trees. Read More


Are you a streamside homeowner living in Plain Township? We need your help to enhance your neighborhood & protect water quality! Plant an Ohio native tree on your streamside property and we will reimburse you up to $100 on your purchase.

Select the right tree from our approved list, plant it, send in a photo of the tree planted, a copy of your receipt, and include your contact information and address. We will reimburse you $100 for participating!

Important: We will only reimburse Ohio Native Trees from the approved tree list & that fit the criteria of the bullet points below:

  • Planted in the “setback” to help repair the corridor
  • Shading and cooling the stream
  • Providing habitat along the stream
  • Recreating forested reparian

Email Kristin Hilson, Community Backyards Program Coordinator with any questions or call our office at (614) 486-9613.


Local Governments


2013 Strategic Planning with Board member Thomas Shockley & retired USDA staff member Mary Ann Core.

Every three years, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors and staff go through a strategic planning process. In addition to the standard SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) assessment, we take a close look at our current programs and brainstorm new ideas. Then begins the hard work of comparing the SWOT findings with current and possible programs.

We are asking our key partners including local government elected officials and staff members, engineers, planners,  and local watershed groups for their opinions and ideas. Let us know how you have interacted with Franklin Soil and Water and what you would like to see from us in the future. Read More