Whiteside County Soil and Water
Conservation District
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Education Foundation

Our Mission

The mission of the Whiteside County Soil & Water Education Foundation is to provide educational programs that encourage conservation of the environment while raising environmental awareness in the minds of everyone.

The Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District is actively involved in educating the public, teachers, and students K-12 regarding the conservation of natural resources.  We provide workshops, seminars, field trips, contests, teacher grants, and classroom activities.

If your school or group is interested in any of our educational support please contact our office at 815.772.2124 ext 3 or whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com

How You Can Help

The Whiteside County Soil & Water Education Foundation is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and accepts donations.  Your generous gift can be tax deductible.


Workshops Coming Up:
Prairie Walk

Cover Crop Workshop

Please click on the links to get the details of the events. Both events are open to the public and there is no limit of seats available. We are asking for an RSVP for an accurate count for lunch. Both events are free of charge. Thank you.

Great News from the SWCD Education Foundation....

We have discovered a new way for you to donate to the SWCD Education Foundation - by shopping Amazon. 

1. If you shop Amazon, the only simple change is you have to logon to smile.amazon.com. The login will be the same as if you were logging on to amazon.com. 

2. Once you login to smile.amazon.com, you may select the charitable organization. You can make it easier to find ours by doing a search of Whiteside County and 

    selecting it from the list of organizations. 

3. Once you have your charitable organization chosen, shop as you normally would, if the item is eligible it will indicate "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" under 

    the item. 

4. After you make your purchase and log out, amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to our organization. 

Please click this link to get started, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-4371645.

Thank you and happy shopping.....


Education Foundation News:

Some examples of past projects for the Education Foundation include: Beehive at the Andresen Nature Center in Fulton IL, an educational Butterfly Garden at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds, instructional technology equipment for River Bend School District. Other varieties of activities funded by the Education Foundation are: Kindergarten coloring contest, 1st grade Native flower bulbs, 2nd grade Circle of Life Bracelets, 3rd grade Native Dogwood shrubs, 4th grade's Conservation day in Savanna IL, 9-12th grades annual Envirothon and all grades are offered a poster and photo contest. If there are any other acivities, programs, etc that you would like to see offered please contact us and let us know. You can email whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com, phone 815-772-2124 ext 3 or just stop by the office.
Thank you.


Current Education Foundation News

4th Grade Conservation Field Day

 The 2019 4th Grade Conservation Field Day will be held Thursday, September 26, 2019 at the Palisades State Park, Savanna IL.

Students participate in different instructional stations with topics of Wildlife, Water Quality, Recycling, Geology, Forestry, Conservation Laws, Agriculture, Ecology, Nature Walk, and Soil Conservation.  

If you are a teacher, student or chaperone that have attended the event before and have any suggestions about the day please feel free to share them.

The following agencies that presented at the 2018 event were:

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council

River Ridge High School FFA -2

Carroll County Master Gardeners

Pheasants Forever (Whiteside County Chapter)

Lawfer’s Willow Valley Dairy Farm (JoDaviess County)

IL Dept. of Natural Resources- 3

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service -2

U. S. Army Corp of Engineers - 3

Northern IL Raptor Rehab & Education - 3

NRCS – Natural Resource Conservation Service (Whiteside Co. Field office)

Forrest Keeling Nursery (Missouri)

JoDaviess County 4-H

Whiteside County SWCD

Univ. of IL Extension

West Carroll High School FFA

Woodland Forestry Consulting LLC (Iowa)

Farm Bureau - Ag in the Classroom

There are also seven volunteers that are not affiliated with any company. Some of the agencies listed above had people presenting at more than one station, that is why there is a number after their name. A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone that made this day possible. We couldn't do it with out all the volunteers that so generously help out. THANK YOU!!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding the 4th Grade Day please feel free to contact us at:

 16255 Liberty St, Morrison, IL 61270, 815.772.2124 ext. 3



2019 POSTER & Photo contests

2019 Poster and Photo Contest is over. We will post rules for next year's contests when the time comes. Thank you. 


3rd Grade Arbor Day Shrub Giveaway


In recognition of Arbor Day on Friday April 26, 2019, The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District once again distributed free Native Dogwood shrubs to area Whiteside County 3rd grade classrooms. This is an annual program offered by SWCD that allows us to highlight the importance of our natural resources while putting the spotlight on trees/shrubs in particular.

The Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Education Foundation provides a Native Dogwood seedling for each student and teacher.  Planting a tree/shrub in honor of Arbor Day is a wonderful contribution to nature! 

Pictured is a Red Osier Dogwood

Thank you to everyone that has participated in the past and help us spread the word of conservation. Thank you!!                                                                      


E n v i r o t h o n  2019

Congratulations to Sterling Newman Central Catholic High School Envirothon Team #1, Isaac Blaney, Bree Rosengren, David Swegle, Mary Powers, and Patrick Powers, for winning the 2019 Envirothon competition for Northwest Illinois Land Use Council #1. The 2019 event was hosted by Carroll and Whiteside counties, held March 5th at Super Wash Headquarters Training Facility, Morrison, IL. The Land Use Council #1 Envirothon is an annual natural resources education program that is planned, organized, and promoted by local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD’s). The event is for high school students and emphasizes on hands-on and team oriented problem-solving skills. Teams tested their knowledge in forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and the 2019 current issue “Agricultural and the Environment: Knowledge and Technology to Feed the World”. Each of the five members from the first place team is eligible to receive a $500.00 scholarship upon completion of their first semester of post-secondary education. The Newman Central Catholic High School team was guided by advisor, Beth Verdick. The Newman team’s win will take them downstate to the Illinois State Envirothon competition, May 1 – 2, 2019 at Allerton Park near Monticello, Illinois.

Fulton Team #1 took second place and Newman CC Team #2 took third place in the competition. Eastland, having all FFA team members, will be going to the state competition for one day as the FFA representatives from Land Use Council #1.

We would also like to take the opportunity to say Thank You to all of the generous sponsors. Without the sponsors, we would not be able to give the students the chance to participate in such a great event. Thank You to Super Wash for allowing us to hold the event in their facility. The event and scholarship sponsors include (by County): Carroll County – Carroll County Farm Bureau and Jo-Carroll Energy, Whiteside County – Pheasants Forever Chapter #811, Wahl Clipper Corp., NWTF Big Bend Long Beards, American Piping Group and Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians. A big Thank You also goes to Northwest IL Blackhawk Hills Regional Council for donating to the scholarships as well. Donations were also given by Morrison Dairy Queen and Casey’s for prizes for the top three winning teams. The donations are all greatly appreciated. Thanks again to everyone that made this event possible!!

Congratulations to the winning teams and good luck to Newman Central Catholic Team #1 at the state competition.  

**Program content for all of the local and state competitions is directed by North American Envirothon, established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America.



Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation
Environmental Education Grant 


The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District’s Education Program is sponsoring an education grant available to all schools in Whiteside County, grade levels Pre-K through 12thBelow is the criteria/process to follow:

Grant Criteria: 

  1. Grant requests are to promote and support natural resource or environmental education.
  2. Grant funding requests may include, but are not limited to: tools, books, software, lab equipment, and field trips. Costs of development of natural resource areas will be considered, such as: a wildlife habitat garden, nature trail, or prairie site.
  3. Grant request maximum - $1000.00
  4. Previous recipients of SWCD grants do qualify for this educational funding.
  5. Grantees are required to submit a follow-up report to the Whiteside County SWCD’s Education Program Board within 3 months of receiving the grant money or notification if the money is not used within that time period.

Proposal Format:

  • Typed, double spaced, single sided 8-1/2” x 11” stationary.

Proposal Content:

  • Outline of Age-Level Activity or Purchase, Learning Objectives, Dates of Funding Use, Grade Level, Total # of Students and Budget.

Please send grant requests to:

    Whiteside SWCD Education Program
Attention: Education Coordinator
16255 Liberty Street
Morrison, IL 61270

The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District reserves the right to reject applications.

Please contact our office at 815.772.2124 ext. 3 or whitesidecountyswcd@hotmail.com for any questions concerning the use of our Whiteside County SWCD Education Foundation Grants.

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