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 farm 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 2017 TMCD Conservation Award is Heidensheep Acres – Matthew and Heather Heide.
Mathew and Heather have demonstrated sound conservation and environment stewardship practices on their farm. They have a mixed farm that consists of sheep, pigs, a donkey and chickens. They have participated in a number of conservation programs such as remote watering, portable windbreaks and riparian fencing. They completed their Environmental Farm plan and received funding for a watering system and cross fencing to improve pasture management.
CD Builder Award
The Turtle Mountain Conservation District (TMCD) Board nominated Murray Combs, former TMCD Provincial Appointee for the Manitoba Conservation Districts (CD) Builder Award. Each year a Conservation District may nominate a person whose leadership and dedication has led to the growth and success of the Conservation District Program. Murray was selected among other worthy nominees for the CD Builder Award by the Manitoba Conservation District Association (MCDA) Board. He was presented with this prestigious award at the MCDA Conference held Dec 12th, 2017.
Photo: Murray Combs (L) is presented with the 2017 CD Builder by TMCD chairperson Greg More.
See full write up here: 2017 CD Builder awards presentation
- MCDA Youth Multimedia Competition.
- 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.
- For more information visit www.caringforourwatersheds.com