The Wisconsin Land+Water works through its Youth Education Committee to develop and maintain programs that educate and inspire Wisconsin’s youth. Wisconsin’s unique eco-diversity make it the perfect classroom and our many programs work to ensure that future generations continue to care for our beautiful state.
The Youth Education Committee currently focuses on the following programs:
Conservation Awareness Poster and Speaking Contest
The Conservation Poster contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade students and posters are evaluated on the following criteria:
- Conservation message
- Visual effectiveness
- Universal appeal
- Individual artwork
The Conservation Speaking contest aims to promote the conservation of natural resources and the protection or enhancement of environmental quality. Emphasis is placed on the subject as it relates to the locality or to Wisconsin. Students compete at county and area competitions with the winners moving on to the State Competition in March at the Wisconsin Land+Water Conservation Association’s Annual conference. The first place winners in each category share their speeches at the conference luncheon.
Elementary Division- Grades 5-6
Junior Division - Grades 7-8
Senior Division - Grades 9-12
For more information, visit Youth Poster & Speaking Contest.
Wisconsin’s Annual Envirothon is a combined effort of educators and natural resource professionals to provide hands-on, outdoor coaching and testing areas such as soils, aquatic, forestry, and wildlife.
For more information, visit Envirothon.
Youth Conservation Camp
Camps provide positive educational outdoor experiences, foster an appreciation for nature, and introduce a variety of careers in natural
resources and conservation. Professionals from various agencies present programs on topics like wildlife, habitat, water quality, fisheries, forestry, orienteering, and canoeing. These professionals, as well as adult volunteers, serve as overnight staff and group leaders for the duration of camp. Campers can make new friends, participate in hands-on activities, practice social & leadership skills, enjoy the outdoors, and just have fun!
For more information, visit Youth Conservation Camps.
"These pint-sized conservation advocates were so fearless! It sure was refreshing (and comforting!) to hear the passionate opinions of our next generation," said Mariah Haberman referring to the speakers at the State Poster and Speaking contest.