Education and Outreach
A conservation ethic is promoted through the education of present and future generations of land users.
Lac qui Parle SWCD has a long history of education activities. SWCD Staff can provide presentations to local schools and civic organizations. Contact Chessa or anyone at the SWCD to see if the SWCD can assist you with your education needs.
Southwest Minnesota Environmental Fair
The Environmental Fair is a learning event in the “outdoor classroom” for fifth and sixth grade students from a 11-county area in Southwestern Minnesota. The annual event is organized by area SWCD staff and held in September at varying fairgrounds as centrally located in the area as possible.
The Environmental Fair provides a unique, interactive learning experience for students to understand the importance of our resources and realize that what people do affects all aspects of the environment. Using new techniques, presenters and ideas, the Fair reinforces or adds to knowledge the students receive in their classrooms.
The Environmental Fair is made possible through support from the participating soil and water districts, partnering agencies, as well as local businesses and organizations in the 11-county area. Educators from the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Zoo, Prairie Ecology Bus Center, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Counties, University of Minnesota Extension, Department of Natural Resources and Natural Resources Conservation Service help make this event successful.
Each year the SWCD recognizes a producer and their family for their work to conserve and preserve our natural resources. The Lac qui Parle SWCD is proud to recognize Dan and Alex Kellen as the 2022 Outstanding Conservationist. They truly exemplify what it means to be an Outstanding Conservationist. Thank you Dan & Alex for your work to protect our natural resources.
Past Award Winners
2022 - Dan & Alex Kellen
2019 - Luke and Ali Peterson
2017 - Ed and Dawn Hegland
2016 - Rodney and Pam Weber, Rosemary Weber
2015 - Jeff and Mary Olson
2014 - Mike and Rachel Croatt
2013 - Lac qui Parle County Chapter of Pheasants Forever
2012 - Curtin Melby and Bruce Melby
2011 - Joe, Glen, and Paul Rademacher
2010 - Charles and Ihla Thomson & Dennis and Janell Thomson
2009 - Stan, Todd, and Tim Patzer
2008 - Jim and Denise Conner and Family
2007 - Jerry and Lavonne Schuelke
2006 - John and Mari Plathe
2005 - Mary Homan
2004 - Alan and Joan Mork
2003 - Vale and Lois Roggenbuck