Annual Poster Contest is Underway
Oklahoma County Conservation District's annual poster contest is underway now through September 28. Any student in Oklahoma County schools, public or private, in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade may enter the contest. The theme for this year's contest is 'Healthy Soils are Full of Life'. Our district provides awards for the top three students in each division. Posters must be done on 14"x22" poster board and will be judged based on the conservation message, visual effectiveness, originality, and universal appeal. Complete contest rules can be found by downloading a copy of the contest brochure at the link below. Please contact the district office at 405.521.1332 if you have any questions.
Dust Bowl Curriculum
A special Educator's Edition of THE DUST BOWL, a four-hour, two episode documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns, is available to check out from the District office. THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history; when a frenzied wheat boom on the southern Plains, followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930's, nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Menacing black blizzards killed farmer's crops and livestock, threatened the lives of children, and forced thousands of desperate families to pick up and move somewhere else.
The documentary contains vivid interviews with more than two dozen survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photos and seldom seen movie footage, brings to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally human perseverance. THE DUST BOWL also tells a story about our relationship to the land that sustains us. Ignoring the lessons we learned from those dark days could be at our own peril.
This special edition disk includes:
- Classroom resources correlated to junior and senior high school curricula
- Lesson plans correlated to the national standards in U.S. History, Economics, Geography and Environmental Studies, Journalism, and more
- Video clips that visually emphasize lesson themes
- Special features that include: Behind the scenes, deleted scenes, and additional interviews
Call the District office at (405) 524-4450 to check out this valuable resource.
An Enviroscape watershed/nonpoint source pollution model is available for checkout. The Enviroscape® was developed as an educational tool to increase awareness of water pollution. It promotes awareness by showing sources of water pollution and the methods that are being used to control those pollution sources. The Enviroscape® Model comes with a user's guide and suggested activities. Teachers and other educators can checkout the model for classroom use by contacting the district office.
Natural Resource Days
Our district provides Natural Resources Days for schools in Oklahoma County. We set up education stations on topics such as fishing, forestry, soils, water, wetlands, or wildlife. Students rotate through sessions, usually 40-45 minutes in length. The students at right are participating in the Project WET activity The Incredible Journey.
Environmental Education Posters
World of Pollinator and Native Bees posters are available through the District office while supplies last. Please call or email us to reserve your copy of these colorful posters.
National Land and Range Judging Contest
Our district is very involved with the National Land and Range Judging Contest held each year in Oklahoma City. The district manager serves as the contest coordinator, and the district secretary handles all the pre-registration.
District provides technical assistance to local schools with outdoor classroom projects such as wetlands.
We sponsor educational workshops for landowners, businesses, and other individuals. Workshops such as Feral Hog Management, Pond Management, and Soil Health provide a service to our citizens and help them manage their natural resources.