On the Go Program
TMCD sponsors the On-the Go/Eco-Van Program instructed by the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre. Interpreters travel to the various schools to present a variety of educational programs for grades K – 12. View Program Brochure.
Envirothon is an annual hands-on environmental education competition for high school students, designed to encourage team work, problem-solving skills, and public speaking skills while fostering an appreciation for current environmental issues. Often referred to as the “Environmental Olympics”, Envirothon combines the exhilaration of team competition, the challenge of learning about environmental issues, and the experience of using this knowledge in hands-on activities. This approach to environmental education helps students to develop skills necessary to address environmental issues, such as team work, problem-solving, critical thinking, and public debate. TMCD promotes the Manitoba Envirothon to Schools in the District as well as supporting participating Envirothon teams with the funding assistance from the TMCD Education Grant. Learn more about Envirothon
Conservation in the Classroom
TMCD staff are available by request to visit the classroom and speak on a number of conservation related topics.
Southwest Manitoba Water Festival
The Turtle Mountain Conservation District in partnership with the Assiniboine Hills and West Souris River Conservation Districts hold the Annual Southwest Manitoba Water Festival in Souris MB each September. The goal of the Water Festival is “to educate and engage youth in the importance of healthy watersheds”. There are a number of water related activities based on the Grade 5 and 6 curriculums. The Water Festival engages and educates students on water, fish and aquatic ecosystems which gives the students a greater awareness and encourages them to become good stewards of these resources and relay this message to other individuals.
River Watch Program
The River Watch Program provides leadership experiences for students, teachers and citizens, promotes community understanding of the importance of watersheds, and contributes to a greater understanding of baseline water quality within the watershed. Water sampling is done on a regular basis throughout the open water season. In Manitoba, the program is delivered by the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, and locally by the South Central Eco Institute (SCEI). Learn more about the SCEI
TMCD has a water sampling kit that students and teachers can use to get out of the classroom and monitor their watershed by making observations on weather, flow, and water chemistry characteristics on nearby creeks and streams.
Each year the Conservation District selects a family, group or individual to acknowledge those who demonstrate positive conservation principles and have undertaken conservation efforts over a number of years that have shown long-term benefits for the natural environment and society. This year’s recipient for the 2015 TMCD Conservation Award is Twin Pines Farm – Rick Schoonbaert. Rick is a retired Deloraine high school teacher who has displayed great leadership both inside and outside the classroom by showing positive conservation practices, principles and techniques through work with students and in the community and conservation efforts made on the farm. See past winners
- MCDA Youth Multimedia Competition. Deadline to apply is November 2016.
- Caring for our Watersheds Competition. High School students can identify an environmental concern within their watershed and come up with a realistic solution for an opportunity to win funding to go towards addressing their concern. Deadline to apply is March, 2016. For more information visit www.caringforourwatersheds.com