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The SWCD provides natural resource education through various programs and events.   Part of our mission is to create good stewards of the land, be they adults or children.  For more information on education programs, contact Jolen Simon, Program Coordinator at 218-283-1180 or

“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.”


The Envirothon is an environmental education program for high school and elementary students which began in 1979 in Pennsylvania. It combines classroom learning with outdoor activities. Through the Envirothon, students develop an understanding of effective teamwork, as well as learning about Minnesota’s natural resources. They also gain valuable exposure to a range of disciplines while exploring possible career paths. Koochiching SWCD is part of the 9-county Area VIII, including north central MN SWCDs.


Outdoor Education days is an annual event held each May. The schools of Koochiching County gather together at The River Golf Course to learn about the outdoors and environment through various educational stations and agencies. Koochiching SWCD partners with Koochiching County Environmental Services Department each year using the Enviroscape model. Here, students interactively learn about storm runoff, pollution, and how people can be good stewards of the land. Koochiching SWCD is part of the 9-county Area VIII, including north central MN SWCDs.


Koochiching SWCD now accepts requests to assist schools and organizations in environmental education at no charge to you! We can focus on state standards, if needed, and are able to customize programming to your needs. All programs are hands on and interactive. Just call us at 283-1180 for questions and information as availability is limited.
Topics include but are not limited to:

• Enviroscape Model presentation
• Water quality
• Pollution
• Forestry
• Wetlands
• Much more!