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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.

Noxious Weed and Water Quality Scholarships

MCSCD offers Noxious Weed and Water Quality Scholarships. The scholarships are open to high school seniors and college students who are residents of Mercer County, North Dakota and intend to or are currently pursuing an agricultural/natural resource management/environmental or related field at a two or four year university in the state of North Dakota. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $500. Interested applicants are required to complete an application form and compose an essay of no more than 500 words. Contact the district field office for current scholarship offerings.

The Regional Environmental Education Series (TREES)

Tom Gibson

The Regional Environmental Education Series or TREES Program is presented by Tom Gibson of Bottineau, ND. This program offers conservation education to Mercer County kids through Tom’s portrayal of fictional characters from years past. The "TREES" program consists of six separate programs designed to emphasize the need to protect and conserve our natural resources. They are presented lyceum style or in the classroom. The district sponsors this program to make it available to schools in our district. Each year Tom Gibson, alias; Sam Ting, Pete Bogg, Darin Ewe, Gunnar, and Pvt. George Gibson, visits our schools to teach students the importance of our natural resources, and how to be good stewards of our land, water, trees and wildlife.

Eighth Grade Soil & Water Conservation Tour

This program developed by the district gets students out of the classroom and into the field for a hands-on conservation experience. Eighth grade students are taken to various soil and water conservation practice sites. 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.

First Grade Tree Planting

This program developed by Mercer County Soil Conservation District gets first graders out in the “field” to plant a tree. District employees present age appropriate concepts in ecological issues with a highly interactive outdoor program. Each student receives a packaged tree to take home and plant using the information learned from the program.

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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