The Soil Conservation District’s goal is to introduce kids at an early age to their community’s agricultural roots and keep building upon it as they continue through school. We come in and teach to the Kindergarten and 3rd grade classrooms of Williams County. We educate them about various conservation methods. All of these programs and activities are fully supplied and paid for by the District.
Farm to Table – from the fields into the classrooms
Our Kindergarten program was started in 2019 and consists of us reading a short story of how things go from farm to table. Visual aids are brought in while going through the story to discuss what everyday products can be made from them. Our goal is to teach kids the importance of farmers and ranchers. We explain to them that all food starts with a farm.
At the end, the kids are given a coloring sheet and a box of crayons. The coloring sheets are entered into a coloring contest between just their classroom and the winners are given a free ice cream from Culvers. This lesson lasts about 20mins.
Our 1st grade program started this winter, 2022. The kids sit through a 15min presentation learning about pollinators. We discuss who are some pollinators, insects, what is pollination, how does it happen, what are some pollinator homes, and go over pollination numbers. We end the visit by having the students do a coloring activity, making masks. This lesson lasts about 45mins.
We have learned that there are many stories about stinging pollinator encounters to be told by these 1st graders! The students really enjoy having visitors come to their classrooms as well!
Soil Health – healthy soils are full of life
We started going into classrooms in 2018 starting with the 3rd grade. The kids get to enjoy a 45min interactive presentation as well as a hands-on learning opportunity that is very tasty! They learn the importance of soil health, ways to help conserve our soil, and the different soil layers. We provide 2 worksheets for the students that pertain to the information discussed during the activity. The teachers then are able to grade them based on what they learned throughout the lesson. At the end, they get to spend the last 15mins building their own edible soil horizon.
All the 6th graders in Williams County join us over 2 days to learn about different aspects in life. We have volunteers from different organizations and companies that come in and teach the kids. It is a good way to introduce them to different life skills, natural resources, and teach them about everyday life. We have had the NRCS, Soil Conservation Districts, Mountrail Williams Electric Cooperative, Fire Departments/Ambulance, Williston Woodworkers, ND Game & Fish, and NDSU Extension Agents to name a few that dedicate their time and energy to these days and we are very thankful for that!
Now that we have more employees we are hoping to expand our footprint and reach more grades. If you have any ideas or comments please share them with us by calling 701-774-2319 or e-mailing us at email@example.com