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.
- Montana Agriculture in the Classroom
- National Agriculture in the Classroom
- Teacher Vision; Natural Resource Conservation
- Montana Noxious Weed Education Programs
- Montana Outdoor Science School
- Montana State University – Insects of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
- Project Wet – Water Education Resources
- National Association of Conservation Districts – Conservation Education Hub
- My American Farm
- Montana 4-H Foundation
- Montana FFA
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.
- Macroinvertebrate Educational Trunk – This trunk contains lesson plans and all of the necessary supplies for three separate activities focusing on aquatic benthic macroinvertebrates.
- Awesome Aquifer Kit – Created by the Groundwater Foundation as a fun, hands-on way to “see” groundwater.
- Montana Pollinator Education Project – Free pollinator resource for educators created by Montana Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation.
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.
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
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!