The Longmont & Boulder Valley Conservation Districts Winner of the 2010 Colorado Association of Conservation District Education Program of the Year Award

Nomination

Education Program of the Year in Conservation

Longmont & Boulder Valley Conservation District Nomination for 2010

 

The Longmont and Boulder Valley Conservation District Supervisors have been very supportive of and active in the youth conservation education that is conducted by the office staff. 

During the 2009-2010 school year, 737 students from kindergarten through high school were provided demonstrations on soil erosion, water erosion, ground water pollution, and range management.  The education opportunities to these students was made possible through a working relationship with the Director of the Math Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program in the Saint Vrain Valley School District.  A brochure is used to provide information to teachers about the presentations that are available and the subject areas to which they can be applied.

During the summer of 2009, discussion was held on a way to help students have an increased understanding of agriculture and the importance of agriculture in their everyday lives.  Because most youth in the Saint Vrain Valley and Boulder Valley School Districts are from two to four generations removed from being raised on a farm or ranch, most do not understand that agriculture is not only a way of life but a necessity for our everyday living.  With that thought in mind, the “From Our Lands to Your Hands – Educating the youth of today about agriculture and conservation” expo was born.  On February 11, 2010 there were 355 third through fifth grade students assembled in the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Building to listen to 30 presenters explain how agriculture products are part of our daily lives.  They also learned that their food has to be grown and received at the grocery store and does not just magically appear there.  Additional attendees were 18 Future Farmers of America students and 40 parents and teachers to assist with guiding groups to the presenter locations.  Eight of ten Conservation District Supervisors attended and participated in the event.  The response to this expo by the presenters, students and teachers has been excellent.  The 2011 expo planning is underway.

Recently, the Districts have been invited to join the Colorado State University Ag Literacy Advisory Committee to study how to improve ag education to K-16 students as well as adult education.  This is a unique opportunity to make a difference in the attitudes toward agriculture and to increase participation in agriculture professions.

The dedication and expertise of the Supervisors of the Longmont and Boulder Valley Conservation Districts make them an excellent choice to receive the Education Program of the Year Award.

 


Nancy McIntyre, District Manager, Harley Ernst, CACD President, Christine Wecker, Boulder Valley Supervisor

"The Districts were recognized for launching a conservation education program which is benefitting the youth in their community.  The program's influence in literacy will also benefit youth and adults in ag education.  Thank you for putting forth the work and dedication to carry on education in conservation."

CACD Executive Vice-President

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