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Annual Poster Contest

Healthy soils are full of life!

The annual conservation poster contest provides kindergarteners through twelfth graders with an opportunity to share their thoughts about water and related natural resource issues. Posters are evaluated on the following criteria: conservation message, originality, visual effectiveness, and universal appeal.

The National Association of Conservation Districts determines the annual stewardship theme. This year's theme is, "Healthy soils are full of life!"

First Place Winners were:

  • Category K-1 - Juliet Hutchins, Leesburg
  • Category 2-3 - Jasmine Daubert, Tavares
  • Category 4-6 - Audrey Bruce, Eustis
  • Category 7-9 - Elena Dolan, Leesburg
  • Category 10-12 - Amber Walker, Tavares

See the winning entries here.

As a poster wins first place in a contest, it proceeds to the next level contest as listed below:

  1. Local contest - February 14, 2017
  2. Area contest - April 8, 2017
  3. State contest - July 21, 2017
  4. National contest - January 27, 2018

Lake Regional Envirothon

The 14th annual Lake Regional Envirothon was held on March 30, 2017 with 20 teams from Lake County middle and high schools competing at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility in a natural resources education event, which included a written exam and hands-on investigations.

The five-member teams were led by an advisor in studying prepared resource materials on aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and a selected current environmental issue, which for 2017 is "Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship."

1st place High School team – "Squirrel Scouts" from Leesburg High School, Advisor is Tessa Clark

1st place Middle School team – "Patriots 2" from Tavares Middle school, Advisor Robin Deighton

See the participants of the 2017 Lake Regional Envirothon here.

Lake County Land Judging

The annual Land Judging competition was held on February 23, 2017 in Sumter County and hosted by Sumter Soil & Water Conservation District. There was a total of 34 students that made up 10 teams from Lake County.

The Lake Soil & Water Conservation District invited middle and high school students in Future Farmers of America to test their knowledge by judging soils from four pits that were selected by a Soil Scientist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Participants marked individual scorecards for evaluation of soil characteristics and how they relate to farming, range management, and homesite construction. The skills the teens use at the contest involve principles that can be valuable in career fields like environmental and agricultural management, natural resources conservation, home building, engineering, and construction.

High School Division
1st place - Lake Minneola High FFA, Advisor Stephanie Dunlap
Individual High Score - Riley Hollerand, Lake Minneola High FFA
The Lake Minneola High FFA team won 4th place at State Competition

Middle School Division
1st place - Clermont Middle School FFA, Advisor Michael Garner
Individual High Score - Ella Jackson, Clermont Middle FFA
The Clermont Middle FFA team won 1st place at State Competition

1st Place Clermont Middle School FFA

1st Place Clermont Middle School FFA
Nick Kavascev, Madison Carr, Ella Jackson, and Kyla Schlickau are presented with blue ribbons and a plaque at the Florida Land Judging Contest in Hillsborough County, March 2017.


Annual Tree Giveaway

Annual Tree Give-AwayThe Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, gave away bare-root trees at the Lake County Extension Center, on January 19.

The varieties were:  Dahoon Holly, Chickasaw Plum, Redbud, Green Ash and Slash Pine.

Download descriptions and care instructions for the trees given away at the Annual Tree Giveaway.


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