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Education Programs & Services

Education and outreach are key to teaching present and future generations about our unique resources and why it is important to conserve them.  Licking Soil & Water offers many education opportunities including school- and community-based programs. 

School-aged Educational Programs and Teacher Resources

We offer Education Programs in the classroom or educational setting that are taught by a member of our staff. We also offer Loaner Kits that can be borrowed for use in your classroom or educational setting. Information on our Education Programs and Loaner Kits can be found by clicking the links below. All programming and kits are offered by Licking Soil & Water free of charge. For more information, please contact Licking Soil & Water at 740-670-5330.  

Education Programs: 

We offer Education Programs in the classroom, on your school grounds, or at a nearby park. For these programs, our Conservation Educator will come to you or a secondary location and teach the lesson to your students or group.

Loaner Kits:

Our Loaner Kits can be borrowed, upon request, for up to two weeks to fit into your lesson plans. We have tote ready kits with supplies, background notes, activities, resources, and more! The content in all Loaner Kits can be tailored to fit your age, grade, group, and standards. Choose from the list below or mix and match programs to fit your needs and time limitations.

Adult Education Workshops/Field Days

We regularly hold a variety of workshops and field days. We hope you will join us in learning more about conservation of our natural resources. To review our current scheduled workshops and field days click here.

2024 Summer Workshop Series for Educators

Soil & Water, Licking Park District, and The Dawes Arboretum have partnered to offer this series of workshops correlated to state and national education standards.  The classes are offered at either Infirmary Mound Park or the Dawes Arboretum (designated for each class). Registration opens May 1, 2024 at 8:30am.

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. 

Courses run 9am-3pm on the date listed below.  Additional details about event time, date, and venue will be provided after registration and prior to workshop.

Cost: $10 per workshop paid prior to start date, payment options are explained in the registration process (Newark City Schools covers the cost of their participants).

  • Project WET/Healthy Water, Healthy People – June 13, 2024
    Project WET/Healthy Water, Healthy People – June 13, 2024

    Project WET is a water focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students. Topics include, physical and chemical properties of water, the water cycle, water in life systems, water in earth systems, water as a resource, managing water resources, water in social and cultural constructs. Healthy Water, Healthy People focuses on grades six through university level to raise the awareness and understanding of water quality issues and their relationship to personal, public and environmental health. Participants receive both curriculum and activity guides.

  • Newark Water Infrastructure Tour - June 20, 2024
    Newark Water Infrastructure Tour - June 20, 2024

    Do you know how your water reaches the faucet? Or where water travels after you flush your toilet? Learn how storm water affects our watershed and what citizens, educators, and landowners can do to help. Find these answers while exploring water facilities in Newark.

  • Project WILD/Aquatic WILD – June 27, 2024
    Project WILD/Aquatic WILD – June 27, 2024

    Project WILD is concerned with providing information as well as helping students evaluate choices and make responsible decisions about wildlife and the environment. All
    curriculum materials are backed by sound educational practices and theory, and represent the work of many within the fields of education and natural resource management from across the country. Participants receive Project WILD K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide and WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide, which focuses on aquatic wildlife and ecosystems. Eligible for WILD School Site grants upon certification.

  • Project Learning Tree – July 11, 2024
    Project Learning Tree – July 11, 2024

    Through the use of over 50 hands-on activities, Project Learning Tree (PLT) covers topics in both the natural and built environments –forests, wildlife, water, air, energy, waste, climate change, invasive species, community planning, and culture. The guide uses the forest as a ‘window’ into the natural world, helping young people gain an awareness and knowledge of the world around them. PLT can be used to teach language arts, social studies, nutrition, mathematics, visual arts, and more. Secondary modules are available on various related topics.

  • Environmental Education for Early Childhood – July 18, 2024
    Environmental Education for Early Childhood – July 18, 2024

    The most recent addition to Project WILD is Growing Up WILD, an activity guide for educators that aims to connect young children with nature and the outdoors. Project Learning Tree offers Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood. Project WET launched Getting Little Feet WET. Participants receive all 3 early childhood education guides to help facilitate interactive, hands-on learning for PreK-2nd grade.
    Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) Ohio Approved.

  • Citizen Science - July 25, 2024
    Citizen Science - July 25, 2024

    Citizen Science workshop will offer ways to experience project-based learning that is accessible in any setting, outdoors, or classroom. This fun and interactive workshop covers a variety of topics like ant investigations, micro hike with macro lenses, and nature journals. We will use the scientific method, critical thinking, technology, and our senses to connect ways to bring the classroom into nature. Citizen Science enables all of us to collectively manage the health and well-being of ourselves and our planet.