Land & Water Conservation - Environmental Education

Environmental Education participants sitting by a river bank

Environmental Education is alive and well at the Wood County Land and Water Conservation Department. Many projects are held at area schools throughout the year. The department has members on WI Land+Water’s Youth Education Committee. The committee coordinates the Conservation Poster & Speaking Contest, conservation camps, and the Envirothon. For more information, contact Tracy Arnold or Emily Salvinski at 421-8475.

School Projects

Ongoing projects include rusty crayfish trapping, purple loosestrife control, and presentations on various topics such as prairies, pollinators, and groundwater.

Conservation Speaking Contest

Each year we sponsor a Conservation Speaking Contest. Students from grades 5-12 compete in three separate divisions. Students research a conservation-related topic and perform a speech on it. Winners receive an award and advance to area and possibly state competition.

2018 Conservation Speaking Contest Guidelines and Registration

Conservation Poster Contest

Each year we sponsor a Conservation Poster Contest. Students in grades K-12 can participate. The contest offers an opportunity to create individual artwork based on a conservation theme. Winners receive an award and posters advance to area and possibly state competition.

2018 Conservation Poster Contest Guidelines and Registration

2018 Poster Contest Theme - Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home
2018 Theme

Get the most current information on the poster and speaking contest from Wisconsin Land + Water.

Conservation Camps

Professionals from various agencies and private businesses present on topics such as wildlife, water quality, fisheries, forestry, orienteering, archery, canoeing, and much more. The department awards at least one student a scholarship to attend camp. Grades 6-8 attend Sand Lake Conservation Camp in Crivitz, while grades 9-12 attend WI Land+Water Youth Conservation Camp in Manitowish Waters.

Visit Wisconsin Land + Water's Youth Conservation Camps page for the most current information.


The Envirothon is a multi-disciplinary environmental problem-solving program culminating in a series of competitions. Teams of five students train and compete in the areas of soils, water resources, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues.

Visit Wisconsin Land + Water's Envirothon page for the most current information.

Video description of Wisconsin’s Envirothon


Acoustic Bat Monitoring

Department Menu
Poster: Healthy Soils are Full of Life People by river searching for crayfish Monarch Butterfly Kids examining plants in a field Kids looking at a book on a wooded trail Teenagers posing around a picnic table