Adult, Teacher, & Organizations
The Gallatin Conservation District has a variety of resources available to educators and has been involved in multiple curriculum development projects to help promote natural resource conservation education in the classroom. Below are some great resources and lesson plans to help integrate agriculture, conservation and natural resources into classroom education. Click here for CD hosted seminars.
- Montana Agriculture in the Classroom
- Agriculture in the Classroom (USDA)
- Growing Ag; Warren Co, PA
- Teacher Vision; Natural Resource Conservation
- Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
- Water Resources of Montana
- Montana Geographic Information Clearinghouse
- Montana Noxious Weed Education Programs
Each year, the National Association of Conservation Districts develops curriculum to use in the classroom in conjunction with Stewardship Week (last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May). The Gallatin Conservation District makes these materials available to educators at a reduced fee. Materials are also available for congregations to use during Sunday services free of charge. This year, the topic is Soil to Spoon which focuses on the importance of Soil in practically everything. We have copies of the materials available to look at if you are interested in using any of the materials.
We also help promote, coach and sponsor teams for the Montana Envirothon competition. The goal of the Envirothon Program is to help students become environmentally knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who are willing to work individually and collectively toward achieving and maintaining a dynamic equilibrium between the quality of life and the quality of the environment. Participation is open to all students enrolled in grades 9-12 in public, private, vocational technical or home-school programs. Five students make up a team. The Envirothon covers five natural resource issues: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, Range and a current environmental issue, which changes annually.
The Envirothon for Montana includes a state competition held in Lewistown in April. Scholarships are awarded to each team member on the first place team in the amount of $500 each. In addition, each team member on the team with the highest test score will be awarded a $300 scholarship. The winning team from the Montana competition will go on to compete in the Canon Envirothon.Photo by Marcie Murnion