Educators and Youth Leaders

These blog posts cover current happenings of interest to formal or nonformal environmental educators.

Join teachers, environmental educators, and naturalists, as we explore, explain and experience the value, variety, and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops. The workshops are coordinated by the Delaware and Franklin Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and the Delaware County Preservation Parks. Each workshop is a two-day session,  including: instructor led activities, presentations by field professionals, field trips, participant driven learning and evaluation. All curricular materials are adaptable for many age groups. A continental breakfast with beverages will be provided but we do ask that you bring your own lunch. Read More


Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District will sponsor one full scholarship ($375) for a high school student to attend the Ohio Forestry and Wildlife Conservation Camp this summer. The one-week resident camp is at FFA Camp Muskingum in Carroll County June 11 – 16, 2017. The camp is for high school students entering their freshman year through seniors graduating in 2017. More information for the camp by clicking here. The scholarship recipient must apply to the camp and make all necessary arrangements to attend.

To apply, print and fill out the scholarship application and mail to: Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, 1404 Goodale Blvd., Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43212. The deadline to apply is April 28, 2017.

Questions? Email Linda Pettit, Environmental Education Specialist or contact (614) 486-9613, ext. 115.

2017 Envirothon Sponsors Needed

February 24th, 2017


Envirothon Team in action!

Franklin Soil and Water is looking for corporate or individual team sponsors to help pay the registration fees and to assist with transportation for the local schools competing in this years Ohio Envirothon. While not required, sponsors may also assist the team with educational training to help them in the current topic. We currently have 3 different levels of sponsorship to help the teams in different ways! If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can sign up online or you can find out more information through sponsorship flier.

The environmental focus for the 2017 Envirothon competition is “Agriculture Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship” and will be held on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Scioto Grove Metro Park right here in Franklin County. If you can assist the teams in any way, please contact Linda Pettit, Environmental Education Specialist,  for sponsorship opportunities either by email or phone (614) 486-9613, ext. 115.

2017 Poster Contest Theme

2017 Poster Contest Theme

It is time to register for the 2017 Conservation Poster Contest!

The Conservation Poster Contest is an annual event sponsored by Soil and Water Conservation Districts nationwide. The purpose of the contest is to provide young people with an avenue to gain a better appreciation for our environment and share this caring sentiment through artwork.

The 2017 Poster Contest Theme is: “Healthy Soils Are Full of Life!” which focuses on the knowledge that productive soils are the foundation of any healthy ecosystem. For a contest guidelines pdf, click here or you can view a short educational power-point slideshow about the 2017 Conservation Poster Contest.

You can now register your class or youth group to participate in the Franklin County contest online through Eventbrite! 0r you may contact Linda Pettit, our Environmental Education Specialist, at (614) 486-9613 or through email with any questions.

2017 Envirothon Save-the-Date!

December 22nd, 2016


2016 Envirothon action shot!

Each year, Franklin Soil and Water assists local schools with the Area Envirothon competition. The Envirothon is a hands-on, outdoor team competition for high school students. Teams answer questions about aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and wildlife. This year, the event will be held in Franklin County at Scioto Grove Metro Park. To register, please email Linda Pettit, our Environmental Education Specialist, at or by calling (614) 486-9613.  For additional and complete information, download a PDF of the 2017 Envirothon Save-the-Date.

A team consists of five students, all from the same high school. An adult advisor(s) must accompany the team, but is not permitted to assist the team during the competition. Team registration is $50 and will include t-shirts for each team member and coach. Teams must register by Monday, April 3, 2017.

Five “Area Envirothons” are conducted around Ohio late each spring. The top four teams from each of these Area competitions progress to the Ohio Envirothon in June.  The state level Ohio Envirothon is held in a different part of Ohio each year.  Our “Area Envirothon” will take place Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at Scioto Grove Metro Park.

In Ohio, the Envirothon is sponsored by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (OFSWCD) in cooperation with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Natural resource and environmental specialists from many agencies, organizations, colleges, universities, park districts and businesses devise the Envirothon questions and staff the various test stations.

2017 Winter Education Workshops

December 7th, 2016

Linda and the Soil Worm

Linda and the Soil Worm

With the proliferation of environmentally focused sites on the Internet, it is difficult for a busy educator to find current, accurate and unbiased information on natural resources issues. Our environmental education team wants to help. Join naturalists, environmental educators, teachers and homeschooling parents as we explore the value and vulnerability of our natural resources through a series of interactive workshops.

PLEASE NOTE: The workshop scheduled for this Saturday, December 10, has been RESCHEDULED to January 7!

Click here to find a list of the current workshops offered for 2017 or go to our Environmental Education Eventbrite Registration page to easily register for a workshop online!

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

Environmental Education Assistant, Carol Loopstra with campers at Camp Wyandot

Environmental Education Assistant with campers

Whether you are interested in a presentation, or simply borrowing materials for environmental education and science curriculum, Franklin Soil and Water provides both.

Teachers and youth leaders for school classes, home school, after school, scout and 4-H groups are all able to take part in this great opportunity! Read More

In case you missed it, the winter SWIFT (Soil and Water Information for Teachers) Newsletter is now available.  This newsletter focuses on area opportunities for both formal and informal educators in central Ohio.  If you are interested in receiving a copy via e-mail, please contact Linda Pettit, our Environmental Education Specialist, at or by calling (614) 486-9613.  SWIFT goes out 3 times a year. Read More

Our Education Team (Linda Pettit and Carol Loopstra) with Katy Bertner of Cranbrook Elementary School

Our Education Team (Linda Pettit and Carol Loopstra) with Katy Bertner of Cranbrook Elementary School

Each year Franklin Soil and Water recognizes an educator that goes above and beyond the call of duty to bring the environmental message to his/her students. We appreciate their enthusiasm and dedication to introduce their students to the value of our natural resources and the importance of becoming responsible citizens of the land.

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