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Purpose
Provide hands-on conservation education for students in the natural resources and agricultural fields. Besides having a meaningful learning experience, students have an opportunity to investigate a variety of career fields while agencies have an opportunity to give their messages to a captive audience.

Method
We try to provide 2-3 days in the Spring and Fall to each school. We try to get a good mix between agriculture and natural resources. Each day has 3-4 sessions lasting between 45-60 minutes. The students break up into groups and rotate between the sessions. We try to get a good mix of topics on any one day. Emphasis is placed on hands-on activities. NO LECTURES!

Partners
The local Conservation District Boards sponsor the event. The RC&D Council coordinates the activities. The school district provides transportation, students, supervision, and liability. Local agriculture businesses and agencies volunteer land and presenters.

Benefit
Numerous teachers love it. Some teachers have changed their lesson plans to enhance their curriculum. The Conservation District has the opportunity to promote their programs. For many farmers and ranchers, it is the first time for them to tell their story.


* Contact RC&D and we will design a program that meets your needs. We can go from one hour in the classroom to school yard investigations to field trips.

P.A.W.S Funding Proposal


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