Kids Groundwater Festival 

The Kids’ Groundwater Festival is an annual event for 4th grade students from Douglas County, Parkers Prairie, Ashby and West Central elementary schools. Students have an opportunity for hands-on learning at 20+different learning stations covering all aspects of the water cycle. Presenters are volunteers represent many of area businesses and government agencies among our community. Click here for Study and Learning Resources


“May the Forest Be With You, Always.” 2024 Poster Contest theme

MAY THE FOREST BE WITH YOU ALWAYS logo. Font is Star Jedi with National Association of Conservation Districts written below the phrase. Circular with a starry night background and green, dark green and black layers of trees. Roots emerge through the bottom of lettering as tree roots in green and white with a stark contrast to the black "soil" background.Douglas SWCD is once again hosting the poster contest for 5th and 6th grade students throughout Douglas County. Students create posters and murals based on the information provided.


Minnesota State Envirothon

The Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for high school-aged students located in the United States and Canada. Training and testing is completed by competing teams in five natural resource categories: i.e., soils/landuse, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues. Click Here to register.

Youth Outdoor Activity Day

The Youth Outdoor Activity day is a great way for kids to get outdoors and learn about outdoor recreational activities they may not otherwise get a chance to experience. Registration is free, and each person (including parents, vendors and participants gets a free lunch!)  It is a great way to get out doors and put the electronics away! Check out the link for more information and to see past years! Watch and Learn!

Explore More – Study the Outdoors

Douglas SWCD is getting out and about to classrooms, schools, and supporting/hosting other youth events. If looking for information or materials give us a call and we can help you out! Coming Soon: Sample Lesson Plans, Activities and Games.

Educational Resources

Tired of being stuck inside? Itching to get outdoors and explore nature? Here are some downloadable and playable activities, games, lessons and more!