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Resources for Youth and Educators

The Gallatin Conservation District has a variety of resources available to youth and educators and has been involved in multiple curriculum development projects to help promote natural resource conservation education in the classroom for all ages. Below are some great online resources and lesson plans to help integrate agriculture, conservation and natural resources into classroom education.

In addition to the above online resources, Gallatin Conservation District has a few physical resources available for rental or for demonstration by Gallatin Conservation District staff. These resources can be used in classroom settings, outdoor educational events, or outreach events.

National Association of Conservation Districts Stewardship Week

Each year, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) develops curriculum to use in the classroom in conjunction with Stewardship Week (last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May).  The Gallatin Conservation District makes these materials available to educators at a reduced fee.  Materials are also available for congregations to use during Sunday services free of charge. More information about NACD’s Stewardship Week can be found here.

NACD's 66th Stewardship Week will be celebrated April 25th - May 2nd, 2021 with the theme "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities."
The 2021 Montana Envirothon will be held in Lewistown, MT  from April 19th - 20th.
The 2021 Montana Envirothon will be held in Lewistown, MT from April 19th - 20th.

Montana Envirothon

Conservation Districts throughout the state also help promote, coach and sponsor teams for the Montana Envirothon competition.  The goal of the Envirothon Program is to help students become environmentally knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing to work individually and collectively toward achieving and maintaining a dynamic equilibrium between the quality of life and the quality of the environment.  Participation is open to all students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private, vocational technical or home-school programs. Five students make up a team.  The Envirothon covers five natural resource issues:  Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, Range and a current environmental issue, which changes annually.

The Envirothon for Montana includes a state competition held in Lewistown  in April. Scholarships are awarded to each team member on the first place team in the amount of $500 each.  In addition, each team member on the team with the highest test score will be awarded a $300 scholarship.  The winning team from the Montana competition will go on to compete in the National Envirothon. Find more information and study guides here.

Additional Youth Programs & Resources

Gallatin Conservation District hosts a number of youth educational programs throughout the year. Make sure to check out our calendar or Facebook Page for upcoming events.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to contact us for additional youth education opportunities. We’re always looking for ways to expand our education reach! Bring your homeschool group, scout group, or club to our Education and Outreach Center for programs or have us come to you! Examples of topics or programs we’ve led in the past include:

  • Rolling Rivers Trailer (hands-on watershed education)
  • Tree and shrub identification
  • Noxious weed identification and pulls
  • Science kits for kids
  • Soil painting kits
  • Educational DVD’s
  • Soil & water youth workshops
  • And so much more!
A class learns about watersheds using the Rolling Rivers Trailer.
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