The Piatt County SWCD is committed to working with community groups and organizations to educate the public on the importance of soil and water conservation. We have a wide range of topics to choose from which include cover crops, soil health, watersheds, USDA programs, water quality, tillage methods, and much more. We have visited schools, nursing homes, lady landowner events, and even private events in order to spread the good word about conservation!!!
If you would like for us to give a presentation at your next event, please don’t hesitate to give us a call 217.762.2571 EXT 3
This is Butch Fisher’s Rainfall simulation unit. We have access to this unit to help teach about tillage methods and the benefits of No Till.
This is our watershed table. It is an interactive table that shows how watersheds are effected by pollution. We also can show you how conservation practices can help decrease the amount of pollution that ends up in our lakes and rivers!
Other Educational Activities by Partnering Agencies
Milkweed Seed Planting
If your school planted the milkweed seeds that the IDNR Division of Education, IDNR Division of Natural Heritage and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mailed in September and October, could you please let us know? We are mapping the locations on our Web site. Send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Central Illinois Educators: Fishing and Aquatic Ecology Programs Now Available from the IDNR
Educators, if you teach in any of the following counties, the IDNR can help you bring hands-on aquatic education to your students. These programs work to develop positive attitudes towards natural resources, conservation and fishing in young people. Lessons align with the state and national learning standards and are adapted to all grade levels. For more information or to schedule a program, contact Van Grissom at 217-720-3501 or email@example.com.
Adams, Brown, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, De Witt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Hancock, Iroquois, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Vermillion
The Illinois Valley Archaeological Society (IVAS) gathers at Dickson Mounds Museum at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month. Each month there is a presentation on contemporary archaeological research in the region, which is open to the general public. The lecture is followed by monthly meetings of IVAS members, who pay annual dues of $15 and receive the quarterly newsletter Illinois Antiquity.
Play Museum Outreach Kits at the Illinois State Museum
Thanks to a grant from the Susan Cook House Educational Trust, the Illinois State Museum, 502 South Spring Street, Springfield, IL 62706, is now able to offer Play Museum Outreach Kits. The easy-to-use, light weight kits were created to help educators and their students get the most out of a field trip visit to the Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum. Each kit includes hands-on materials (such as fossils, quilts and toy farm animals) that represent the Play Museum’s activities and child-friendly collections. The kit also includes large, color photographs of the Play Museum and suggested pre- and post-visit activities. The Illinois State Museum hopes to enhance a student’s experience of learning through play in the most convenient way for educators! The Mary Ann MacLean Play Museum, located in the lower level of the Illinois State Museum, is an inspirational educational setting for children in grades preK-4 where visitors can learn through play about the Illinois State Museum and its collections including art, people and nature. During their Play Museum visit, children can load a jeep for an expedition, dig for Ice Age fossils, create and display artwork, play farm with barnyard animals, inspect artifacts from the Play Museum collection up close and personal and much more! Reserve your kit today! There is no charge to borrow a Play Museum Outreach Kit, however a refundable damage deposit is required. The kits are available for a two-week lending period and are picked up and returned to the Illinois State Museum. For more information or to reserve a kit, please contact Kara Fedje at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-782-6044.
To reserve the Play Museum for your group, please call the Illinois State Museum at 217-782-7011. A reservation is 30 minutes. Without a reservation, Play Museum time is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Play Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00-5:00 p.m. The Play Museum is free and open to the public.
National Institutes of Health K–12 Science Education Resources
The National Institutes of Health provide free K–12 resources, lesson plans and projects for science educators. Their Web page lists materials to help introduce, reinforce and supplement science and health education programs. Topics include environmental education and science including biology and environmental health science/chemistry. They also list some Spanish-language resources.