Conservation Education for Kids

The LWCD conducts a wide variety of information and education programs aimed at urban and rural audiences of all ages. With a theme of "Clean Water One Step At A Time" the objective is to raise awareness and encourage citizens to take action to preserve our soil and water resources.

Educators and Youth Leaders come and discover what the Land and Water Conservation Division has to offer! Our office consists of an extensive selection of: curriculum guides, videos, posters, monitoring equipment, reference materials, slide presentations, teaching games and demonstration kits. The library is open from 8:00 - 4:30 Monday thru Friday and materials are loaned out free of charge.

LWCD Library Inventory (pdf)
Aldo Leopold Kit (pdf)
Wetland Trunk (pdf)
Storm Drain Stenciling Kit (pdf)


Washington County's K-12th grade students were invited to participate in the Conservation Poster Contest. The 2017 theme is Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life!. All posters are due to the Land & Water Conservation Division in West Bend on or before Thursday, December 29, 2016. Awards will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place poster winner from each category. The 1st place winners are automatically entered into the next level of competition and from there possibly advance to State and Nationals.


2017 Conservation Poster Contest  
Category Place Student Grade School Teacher
K-1 1 Austin Povlich 1st Plat Carini
  2 Eve Osterhaus 1st Plat Carini
  3 Nilah Butler K Plat Carini
Gr. 2-3 1 Alexis Shelsta 2nd Plat Carini
  2 Max Leitzke 2nd Plat Carini
  3 Jase Twining 2nd Plat Carini
Gr. 4-6 1 Noah McMeeken 4th Allenton Koplitz
  2 Audrey Labuda 5th St. Kilian Cain
  3 Alayana Cypher 4th Allenton Schuett
Gr. 7-9 1 Ally Klug 9th West Bend West DeLain
  2 Jenna Butschlick 7th Holy Trinity Hofschulte
  3 Sarah Vorwerk 8th Holy Trinity Hofschulte
Gr. 10-12 1 Alina Prahl 11th West Bend West DeLain
  2 Hunter Schulz 11th West Bend West DeLain
  3 Austin Gripentrog 12th West Bend West DeLain

Classroom presentations may be given before the contest or after (with awards) upon request.

Poster Contest Ideas (pdf)

See our 2014 county winners below with a soils theme!
Please remember...all entries must begin at the local (county) level.

SAND LAKE CONSERVATION CAMP (entering grades 6-8)
June 21-23, 2017
Crivitz, WI
Brochure (pdf)

YOUTH CONSERVATION CAMP (entering grades 9-12)
June 19-23, 2017
Manitowish Waters, WI
Brochure (pdf)



1st - Grades 10-12  Nicholas Askin, WB West

1st - Grades 2-3  Molly Christianson, Plat Elem. 

1st - Grades 7-9  Abby Gastrau, Richfield School

1st - Grades 4-6  Ben McMeeken, Allenton Elem.

1st - Grades K-1  Asamina Villalobos, Plat Elem.

2nd - Grades 7-9  Jack Brandt, Richfield School

2nd - Grades 2-3  Kate Butschlick, Holy Trinity

2nd - Grades K-1  Victoria Jasiorkowski, Plat Elem.

2nd - Grades 10-12  Katherine Nehmer, WB West

2nd - Grades 4-6  Casey Piel, Allenton Elem.

3rd - Grades K-1  Ava Grutza, Plat Elem.

3rd - Grades 7-9  Grace Miske, Living Word LHS

3rd - Grades 10-12  Kathrin Rueggeberg, Living Word LHS

3rd - Grades 2-3  Emma Supercynski, Richfield School

3rd - Grades 4-6  Haleigh Yesko, Richfield School

Wisconsin Association For Environmental Education (WAEE)
WAEE is your direct connection to Environmental Education (EE) in Wisconsin. Join teachers, naturalists, youth leaders, natural resource professionals and others dedicated to learning more and educating all persons about the natural and built environment. WAEE is a non-profit organization that sponsors conferences, workshops, and gatherings to promote professional growth and networking opportunities. Our organization also supports the work of its members through statewide initiatives, professional resources and recognition.