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!"
Click below to download the contest entry form, or the poster contest flyer.
As a poster wins first place in a contest, it proceeds to the next level contest as listed below:
- Local contest - Entry Deadline February 7, 2017, Winners February 14, 2017
- Area contest
- State contest
- National contest
The 14th annual Lake Regional Envirothon will be held on March 30, 2017. Middle and High School students will compete at the Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares in a natural resources education event, which includes a written exam and hands-on investigations.
The five-member teams are 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."
The annual Land Judging competition was held on February 18, 2016 in Sumter County and hosted by Sumter Soil & Water Conservation District. There were a total of 23 students that made up 7 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 – South Lake High, FFA Senior Team
2nd place – Lake Minneola High, FFA Team A
3rd place – Leesburg High FFA
Middle School Division
1st place - Clermont Middle FFA
High School Individual High Score
Piper Cox, South Lake High, FFA Junior Team
Middle School Individual High Score
Amanda Garner, Clermont Middle FFA
View the photos of the 2016 winners by clicking here.
The Lake Soil & Water Conservation District, in partnership with the Florida Forest Service, will give away bare-root trees at the Lake County Extension Center in Tavares, on January 19, 2017 at 11 a.m.
The tree seedlings (approximately 8-24 inches) will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until the supply is depleted. The varieties are: 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.