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.
Get Creative & Learn About the World Around You! The Conservation District Poster and Essay Contest theme is here! Entries are due by Friday, March 31st, 3017
Soil is one of the most amazing components of our planet. Almost every aspect of our lives are touched by soil.
* Almost all of the food you eat, fiber (for the clothes you wear) and wood (for your home) comes from the soil. * A single shovel full of soils can contain more species of living things than live above ground in the entire amazon rain forest. * One cup of soil may hold as many bacteria as there are people on the earth - over 6 billion! * The weight of all the bacteria in acre of soil (about the size of a football field) can equal the weight of 1-2 cows. * A teaspoon of forest soil may hold more than 10 miles of fungi. * Almost all freshwater travels over or through soil before entering our rivers, lakes and aquifers. Source: Bureau of Land Mgmt; National Science Technology Center http://www.blm.gov/nstc/soil/Kids/facts.html
This year's Poster and Essay contest theme is all about Soil! This is a perfect time for Hamilton County students to dive in and learn about the importance of soil to our lives! Students will gain a greater understanding of plant needs, interdependence in nature and how humans impact their environment.
The contest is open to any Hamilton County student, grades K-12 for the poster and 3-12 for the essay. Winning students and supporting teachers at each age level (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) each receive a $25 Gift Card from Half-Priced Books during a special announcement at their school! Click on the link below for more details and a printable flyer.