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.


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

 It is with great sadness that I have to inform you, but unfortunately, the 2020 4th Grade Conservation Field Day has been canceled due to the uncertainty of what will take place in the fall due to COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see everyone next year.

The 2019 4th Grade Conservation Field Day was 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 2019 event were:

Blackhawk Hills Regional Council

U.S. Fish and Wildlife

Carroll County Master Gardeners

Whiteside County Pheasants Forever Chapter #811

Berlage Dairy Farm

Northwest IL Raptors

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Whiteside County Natural Resource Conservation Services

Forrest Keeling Nursery

JoDaviess County 4-H 

Whiteside County SWCD

IL Department of Natural Resources

Ogle County Ag in the Classroom

Carroll County University of IL Extension

Whiteside County University of IL Extension

Woodland Forestry Consultation LLC
There was also eight to ten volunteers that are not affiliated with any company. Some of the agencies listed above had people presenting at more than one station. 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:

 400 Wilkens Drive, Morrison, IL 61270, 815.772.2124 ext. 3



2021 POSTER & Photo contests

The Photo and Poster Contest information will be released at a later date. The contests are annual contests for any K-12th grader in Whiteside County. For more details call our office at 815-772-2124 ext. 3.  


3rd Grade Arbor Day Shrub Giveaway


In recognition of Arbor Day, The Whiteside County Soil & Water Conservation District usually distributes 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. Unfortunately, we were not able to have the giveaway in 2020 because of schools being closed to COVID-19. We hope that things will get back to somewhat normal in the near future so we can start seeing the school aged children again. 

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  2021

The Northwest Illinois Land Use Council #1 (Carroll and Whiteside counties) Envirothon is an annual natural resources educational event. The event is for high school students and emphasizes hands-on and team oriented problem-solving skills. Teams test their knowledge in forestry, soils, aquatics, wildlife and a 5th category topic that changes every year. Each of the five members from the first place team is eligible to receive scholarship funding to go toward their post-secondary education and advance to the state competition.

The Envirothon committee is working with the IL state Envirothon coordinator to see about putting together a virtual event for 2021. We hope to have more details by December 2020. 

We would like to take the opportunity to say thank you again to all the past sponsors. Without the sponsors, we would not have been able to give the students the chance to participate in such a great event. Thank you.

**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
    400 Wilkens Drive

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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