The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District believes that good habits start early and that students can develop an understanding of conservation at an early age, carrying those lessons with them throughout their lives.
The Hamilton County SWCD provides library programs free of charge to any branch within Hamilton County. Our library programs are often developed around a book, include a craft or hands-on activity and can be adapted for a variety of audiences. Let’s have fun learning at the library!
Free to any Hamilton County library
30-60 minutes long
Interactive and hands-on!
A Frog'sLife (Cycle)! How do frogs grow from a tadpole to adult, and what do they do along the way? Students will learn all about the fabulous world of frogs through an engaging story time. Afterwards they will create their own life cycle craft, recall some things they learned and talk about how our actions affect frogs and other things living in the water. K - 2; Plants and Animals
Be Water Wise As they learn about drinking water resources, students will purify a contaminated sample of water to drink. Students will attempt to create their own filter with supplied materials and test its effectiveness. Students will explore water usage in the United States and steps we can take to conserve water. Thanks to Procter & Gamble, for their generous gift of the P&G water filtration packets. Ages 8 - 10; 11 - 14; Water
"Bob and Otto" Through the friendship between Bob the caterpillar and Otto the worm, children will observe the very distinct roles of each organism in the world around them. Children will see that all living beings play a special part in their ecosystem and realize they are all interdependent. Afterwards each child gets to decorate their own cocoon and is given a butterfly to take home. Ages 4 - 7; Plants and Animals
Cookie Mining Students use a cookie and "mine" chocolate chips to represent natural resources, making and losing money based on the amount of resources recovered and the amount of land destroyed. The students will learn the value of natural resources and explore the concept of renewable resources. **Please note: Food will be distributed that may cause allergic reactions in some participants. Ages 8 - 10; 11 - 14; Global Issues
"The Curious Garden" Follow a boy named Liam as he changes a gray city scene to a lush garden world, inspiring the people around him along the way. Children will discover all that a plant needs to survive and learn that they aren’t too small to make a change. This story shows how humans impact the environment. Afterwards, they will have the opportunity to plant the seed that could start their own garden! Ages 4 - 7; 8 - 10; Plants and Animals
Edible Soil In this learning activity, participants will get an introduction into the composition, layers and life forms in our soil. They will then get to use pudding, sprinkles, cookies and chocolate chips to learn about what soil is made from and how important it is to our everyday life. **Please note: Food will be distributed that may cause allergic reactions in some participants. Ages 4 - 7; 8 - 10; 11 - 14; Soils
Fashion a Fish How do fish protect themselves against predators? We’ll talk about the wide array of adaptations that animals take on and then have the chance to create your own fish species and environments using lots of fun craft supplies. Ages 5-10; Water and Wildlife
The Life of the Mighty Monarch They’re small but mighty! Monarch butterflies are amazing creatures that scientists still don't understand completely. Students will learn about the Monarch's amazing migration and unique metamorphosis then create their own Monarch life cycle made from pasta and paint. K-2; 3 - 5; 6 - 8; Plants and Animals
"The Lorax" In this Dr. Seuss book, children learn what happens when The Onceler’s greed takes too much from the forest of the beautiful Truffula Trees, affecting everything that depends on them. This environmental story is interactive and illustrates the interdependence of life and consequences of our behavior. Children enter into a Dr. Seuss tent with life-sized scenery and help to hang up characters and images from the story as it is being read. A crowd favorite! *10x 10 space needed for tent.* Ages 4 - 7; Plants and Animals
"Mud" What kid doesn't love mud? This story celebrates the joys of mud and teaches children the properties of soil that aid in the change from winter thaw to a green spring. After reading about the fun of playing in the mud, the children have their own chance to explore when they create "mud finger paintings" after the story. Ages 4 - 7; Soils
Fossils 101 Participants will talk about the creation of fossils and get to know the unique history of Cincinnati during the Ordovician Period. Using fossils gathered locally, the group will identify some dominant fossils of Ohio, discussing some that are similar to present-day organisms. Everyone will get the opportunity to make their own fossil cast using playdoh and plaster-of-Paris and be able to take home their own fossils. Ages 8 - 10; 11 - 14; Rocks and Fossils
Pumpkin Harvest Follow a pumpkin seed from germination to jack-o-lantern and eventually back to seed again; tracing the life cycle and illustrating plant heredity. After reading about pumpkins, the children will be given supplies to create their own paper jack-o-lantern to take home. Ages 4 - 7; Plants and Animals
Wiggly Worms Students will discover the world of worms with the story “Tunneling Earthworms”; they will learn what they eat, how they survive, and what environment they live in. A worm bin will be brought into the classroom for kids to have a hands-on experience with worms and soil and investigate why the underground world is so important to us. Ages 4 - 7; 8 - 10; 11 - 14; Plants and Animals
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