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Conserving Natural Resources

Environmental Education

The Mercer County Soil Conservation District (MCSCD) offers a variety of educational programs, workshops, and events for students, community members, educators and professionals throughout Mercer County. If you are an educator interested in a workshop or program at your school, please contact the district to discuss options and ideas.

Conservation Scholarships

The Mercer County Soil Conservation District (MCSCD) awards two scholarships yearly for high school and college students in Mercer County. The scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students who attend school in or are residents of Mercer County and intend to or are currently pursuing a degree at a two or four-year university in the state of North Dakota. Scholarship applications are available by contacting the district office.

Eighth Grade Conservation Day

Eighth Grade Conservation Day

This program developed by the district gets students out of the classroom and into the field for a hands-on conservation experience. Area experts and district staff present practices that include proper range management, benefits of tree windbreaks, beneficial wildlife habitat, soil health, and water quality. At the end of the day the students are able to recognize how all of these components work together to form a healthy eco-system.

Urban Conservation Programming

MCSCD has partnered with NDSU Extension Mercer County to provide outreach and education relating to urban conservation. This includes managing the Beulah Community Garden program. The Community Garden located behind the district office has garden plots for rent by community members. There are also garden education programs hosted annually. For information on Urban Conservation programming, please contact the office.

Poster Contest

Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides Mercer County kindergarten through sixth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state associations, auxiliaries and agencies. The contest follows the annual Stewardship theme. Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. District winners advance to the state level. Finally, state winners advance to the National Contest. National winners are recognized each year at the NACD Annual Meeting.

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