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The Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annually participates in a wide variety of conservation outreach educational events in Kandiyohi County and beyond.

The Kandiyohi SWCD provides conservation outreach education to many of our areas local schools, providing both classroom training and field training.

The Kandiyohi SWCD is involved with multiple educational activities in our county that civically engages county residents. The SWCD has been a long time sponsor of the County Fair, Winter Agriculture Show and Earth Day at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center (PWELC).

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The Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District offers a scholarship to a graduating high school senior, who is a resident of Kandiyohi County, planning to pursue a career in a Natural Resource and/or Conservation related field.  

*2023 Scholarship information will be out this Winter for graduating seniors*

The Kandiyohi SWCD has a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner for 5th & 6th Grade 
A separate contest for 7th & 8th Grade is also available through the District 

2023 Poster Contest Information will be out late this fall. Please contact the Kandiyohi SWCD if your class would like to participate in the project!

Helpful Conservation Education Links & Information: 

Please check out the link below it has some great information for kids on conservation.

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Other Education Happenings

**Kandiyohi Lakes and Rivers Join Keep It Clean MN**

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The Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District is excited to announce that Kandiyohi County lakes and rivers are now officially part of the grassroots *Keep It Clean MN* conservation program. The sport of ice fishing is booming! And thanks to better technology, better equipment, and wheelhouses, it’s now more comfortable than ever to stay on the ice for extended periods.

As a result, our area lakes have seen a dramatic increase in winter activity. With the increased activity has come more pressure on the natural resources, including an increase in the amount of garbage and human waste left on the ice.

Although it’s exciting to see more people enjoying the sport of ice fishing, the removal and safe disposal of garbage and human waste from frozen lakes is reaching unmanageable proportions. To help address these issues, Keep It Clean MN promotes 5 principles to help stop litter and human waste from spoiling our lakes, rivers, and shorelines:

  • Make a plan for trash and waste removal before you arrive.

Whether you access the ice from a public or private entrance, plan to take off the ice what you put on to it. Many access points and resorts offer garbage collection services. If your site doesn’t, make a plan to transport it home for disposal.

  • Use colored garbage bags.

Brightly colored bags or black bags are easier to spot making it less likely trash will inadvertently be left behind.

  • Keep garbage and human waste off the ice.

Store it in your vehicle, trailer, or fish house. Make sure it’s secure before traveling so that it doesn’t blow out of truck beds or off trailers and sleds.

  • Check for trash before departing.

Make sure that you have picked up any garbage in your area. And if you notice someone else has left something behind, please take a moment to pick it up and bring it with you.

  • Allow time and bring the tools you need to move or remove your fish house.

Take support blocks, insulation, landscaping fabric, wood, and other materials with you and properly dispose of them.

It takes all of us working together to Keep It Clean! Thank you for doing your part to ensure the health of our lakes and rivers. The Kandiyohi SWCD invites you to join us in increasing awareness and taking steps to bring about meaningful change.

For more information: Keep it Clean MN – Be Nice to Our Ice