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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. 

2022 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).

Click here for the 2022 Summer Educator Workshop Series flyer!

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: $5 per workshop paid prior to start date, payment options are explained in the registration process (Newark City Schools covers the cost of participants).

Click here to register for a workshop!

  • Project WET/Healthy Water, Healthy People – June 14, 2022
    Project WET/Healthy Water, Healthy People – June 14, 2022

    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.

  • Environmental Education for Early Childhood – June 23, 2022
    Environmental Education for Early Childhood – June 23, 2022

    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.

  • Virtual Newark Water Infrastructure Tour - June 28, 2022
    Virtual Newark Water Infrastructure Tour - June 28, 2022

    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 – July 12, 2022
    Project WILD/Aquatic WILD – July 12, 2022

    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.

  • Citizen Science - July 19, 2022
    Citizen Science - July 19, 2022

    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.

  • Project Learning Tree – July 21, 2022
    Project Learning Tree – July 21, 2022

    Through the use of over 90 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.

    Introductory Zoom meeting at 9am and 2 weeks to complete the workshop assignments, at your own pace. Assignment due date: July 8, 2021.

Ohio to Host National Envirothon Competition in 2022

The ENVIROTHON is a high school competition designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest the environment and natural resources.  Students are tested on their knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology and current environmental issues. In addition, the Envirothon encourages cooperative decision-making and team building. While each student on a team is challenged individually to contribute his or her personal best, the score that counts at the end of the competition is the team score. A team consists of five students, all from the same high school. An adult advisor (or advisors) must accompany the team, but is not permitted to assist the team during the competition.

High School students across the state compete on the local level at one of the five Area Envirothons. The top four teams from each Area Envirothon then go on to compete at the state competition held each year in June for the title of State Envirothon Champion. The winning team will then compete at the national competition, the NCF Envirothon, held annually in July in a different state in North America.

Competition Dates:

Tri-County Envirothon- April 12, 2022 at the Perry County Gun Club, New Lexington, Perry County

Area 3 Envirothon- April 27, 2022 at Caldwell Lake, Noble County

Ohio State Envirothon- June 5-7 at Lake Erie College, Painesville

National Envirothon- July 24-30, 2022 at Miami University, Oxford 

School-aged Educational Programs and Teacher Resources

Education Programs are offered in the classroom, on your school grounds, or a nearby park. Loaner kit programs to check out for use in your classroom are also available, listed below. For more information, please contact Licking Soil & Water at 740-670-5330.  

Soil-based Programs: 

The soil under our feet plays a major role in where plants grow and animals live. Participate in soil testing and use scientific equipment to discover characteristics of Ohio soils. Compare soil from various places such as stream banks and grassy fields. Consider how soil is made and how we use the soil, rocks and minerals under our feet. All programs can be tailored to fit your age, grade, group, and standards. Choose from the programs below or mix and match programs to fit your needs and time limitations.

  • Soil Soup (20 minutes)

    This activity is great for introducing soil vocabulary words while making Soil Soup. With the help of props, students consider the ingredients needed to make soil. Vocabulary words: sand, silt, clay, percolation, horizon, humus, organic matter, invertebrate, organism, ecosystem, reclamation, restoration, habitat, decomposer.

  • Soil Sampling/Testing (30-60 minutes)

    Students learn about the physical properties of soil and answer comparative questions by performing soil investigation tests. Students collect soil samples from various habitats, read and follow soil test directions, and use scientific equipment. Lab option: Soil samples are analyzed for chemical testing for pH, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium levels.

  • Soil Science/Intro to Soils (30-60 minutes)

    Students learn about the physical properties of soil with a PowerPoint lesson and answer comparative questions by performing soil investigation tests. Optional addition: Students collect soil samples from various habitats, read and follow soil test directions, and use scientific equipment.

Water-based Programs:

Learn about surface water, groundwater, and the quality of water. People depend on stormwater for drinking, watering plants and animals, bathing, cleaning, etc.  Observe how water moves on the surface of the land and through the water cycle. Evaluate and test the health of our waterways.  All programs can be tailored to fit your age, grade, group, and standards. Choose from the programs below or mix and match programs to fit your needs and time limitations.

  • EnviroScape (20 minutes – 1 hour)

    Using a hands-on watershed model, students learn about sources of non-point and point source pollution, and explore water pollution prevention through visual interaction. The EnviroScape helps students make connections between what we do on Earth and the impact on the environment throughout several types of landscapes. Vocabulary words: watershed, non-point source, point source, pollution, runoff, stormwater, best management practices, sediment, nutrient, organic, toxic.

  • Groundwater Model (20 minutes – 45 minutes)

    Simulate groundwater movement using a table-top model. Demonstration includes: pumps to recirculate the water, wells, springs, artesian wells, a lake, an unconfined and a confined aquifer, a malfunctioning septic systems and leaking underground storage tank. Dye injection is used to simulate groundwater pollution and contaminant flow. (Electricity and a water source is required to operate model).

  • Water Quality Testing/Stream Study (30 minutes – 1 hour inside or 1 hour - 2 hours at a stream/river site)

    Modeled after Licking Soil & Water’s Stream Team program; students learn about various types of water pollution, their sources, as well as career paths related to water quality. Participants perform habitat assessments, biological (with macroinvertebrates), chemical, and/or physical water quality tests on surface water. Credible data is recorded and analyzed along with other data collected throughout the county.

Loaner Kit Programs:

Our programs can be borrowed for a week (or two) to fit into your lesson plans by request. We have tote ready kits with supplies, background notes, activities, resources, and more! Choose from any of our classroom soil and water presentations above, or from the list below. *Click on a program to learn more* All programs can be tailored to fit your age, grade, group, and standards. Choose from the programs below or mix and match programs to fit your needs and time limitations.

  • Mineral Puzzle (20 Minutes)

    Use rock samples to guide conversation about how rocks and minerals differ, where are they found, and how do we use them. Warm up with a rock sample matching activity. Next build rocks from minerals using a puzzle. Finally students create a work of art by combining their minerals to make a granite sculpture.

  • Decomposer Tag (20 minutes)

    Students play a freeze tag game where “Death” tries to tag and freeze the “Nutrients” in plants and animals. The “Decomposers” unfreeze the “Nutrients” trapped in dead bodies, allowing them to return to the cycle of life. Many resources provided to learn about the important role decomposers play in the food web.

  • Pollinator Puppets (20 minutes)

    Learn about different types of pollinators like bees and butterflies. Create a finger puppet pollinator using Chenille Stems. Then use your pollinator to travel between flowers collecting pollen along the way. Limited supplies.

  • Life Cycle of a Pumpkin (30 minutes)

    Students create the life cycle of a pumpkin starting from a seed. Variations and extension activities are included.

  • The Incredible Journey (30 minutes)

    From Project WET, students become a drop of water and cycle around the Earth through plants, animals, clouds, and more! Keep track of your travels and write a story about your incredible journey.

  • Stream Table (30 minutes)

    Students create a mini stream using sand and observe how stormwater moves through the sand. This model mainly shows erosion and with variations and lab study resources.

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.

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