Educators, did you get a chance to check out the virtual Greater Cincinnati Environmental Educators Expo this year? If not, take a sneak peek at the session presented by our Education Specialist, Melissa! She presents on the various program options teachers can do with worm observations, and is joined by Clermont SWCD educator to discuss the new SW Ohio Education Site.
Check out the segment from the conference below!
(This conference is usually hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo, so enjoy an animal encounter during the first 15 minutes of the video or jump to the 15 minute mark to begin the lesson presentation!)
Ever wanted to explore your local stream, but didn’t know exactly where and how? This summer Warren County SWCD are hosting stream encounters where residents can enjoy their local streams through guided educational opportunities and cleanups. While participating in beautification efforts, you will also learn about how we monitor for stream health. To register, go to: https://www.warrenswcd.com/stream-encounters.html
Check out these Warren County Events:
Harmon Park Stream Encounter - Tue, July 10, 10am – 12pm
Location: Harmon Park, 300 S East St, Lebanon, OH 45036, USA (map)
St. Susanna Stream Encounter - Wed, August 1, 10am – 12pm
Location: St. Susanna Catholic Church, 616 Reading Rd, Mason, OH 45040 (map)
Summer is the ideal time to connect with nature or #EscapetheIndoors.
During this Great Outdoors Month explore different activities that you can enjoy outdoors. Enjoy planing a fishing, boating, camping, hiking or even biking adventure!
Volunteer Stewardship Opportunities:
Earth Team Volunteer:
National Trails Day
As of June 2, kids and families can download the new Junior Ranger
"Let's Go Fishing!" Activity Booklet or pick up printed copies at a growing number
of parksover the summer. Follow #GoFishingInParks.
Warren County Ohio Park District: www.co.warren.oh.us/parks/
2018 Caesar Creek Events:
Above Photos taken at Caesar Creek Nature Center featuring our wonderful host - Sarah Blair/ODNR, Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalists, Franklin High School Environmental Classes, Franklin HS Environmental/Biology Teacher Mr. Keith Vinson - 2017 Warren County SWCD Educator or the Year,
OHIO'S SCENIC RIVERS
Celebrates 50 Years of Conserving
Rivers, lakes and oceans - our blue spaces benefit both our physical and mental well-being. We rely on rivers for clean drinking water and as places of recreation and rejuvenation. Even the sound of moving water has a calming and restoring effect on the mind. Whether you are looking for a peaceful picnic or rest spot by a babbling brook, a scenic river-front hike or a place to paddle, you can find activities along Wild and Scenic Rivers that contribute to your good health.
Wild Scenic Rivers Health & Safety: www.rivers.gov/wsr50/files/health-safety-infographic.pdf
Roughly 65% of our nation’s drinking water comes from rivers and streams. Toxins that contaminate water can harm the human body, meaning that "good health starts with good water chemistry".
Many plants and some animals, such as freshwater mussels, can filter water by removing harmful chemical compounds. Since humans need assistance making sure the water we ingest is clean, protect your own health by understanding the ecosystems responsible for your clean water and helping your local watershed group clean up litter -
thus removing water pollutants.
Warren County SWCD Educational Services and Programs: https://www.warrenswcd.com/education.html
This week is #NationalAgWeek! Take time this week to thank a unique person whom works tirelessly to provide others with food, fiber and even fuel products that we consume and/or utilize daily.
"Soil is a living and life-giving natural resource." World population and food production demands continue to rise; our soil health and productivity is most significant. Using soil health initiatives that include no-till, cover cropping and diverse rotations, increase soil’s organic matter and improves microbial activity. As a result, farmers are secluding more carbon in the soil, increasing water infiltration, improving wildlife and pollinator habitat which subsequently harvests better profits and often provides better yields. Additional resources on soil health through the USDA and NRCS are designed to help understand the basics and benefits of soil health and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers whom are using such systems:
The National Ag Day program believes that every American should:
Helpful Websites for Educators and Students: www.agday.org/helpful-websites
While our first President of the United States is well known for many contributions to shaping our country, one not-so-well-known achievement was that of being an agricultural pioneer. He grew a plethora of crops and tailored his growing based on results obtained from different soil types on the land. He also was a staunch believer in the utilization of compost to enhance and enrich the soil. Washington experimented with crop rotation plans, and sought to educate others on the importance of soil health.
Washington’s accomplishments in the field of agriculture were so highly respected that he was elected to honorary membership in the Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture, the first American organization devoted to agricultural improvement. Today it is appropriate to celebrate George Washington as one of the first conservationists of our country!
“It will not be doubted that with reference either to individual or national welfare, agriculture is of primary importance. In proportion as nations advance in population and other circumstances of maturity this truth becomes more apparent, and renders the cultivation of the soil more and more an object of public patronage.” -George Washington address to Congress
The Global Soil Partnership is dedicating World Soil Day 2017 to the theme "Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground". Soil is a finite natural resource. On a human time-scale it is non-renewable. However, despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices, population pressure driving unsustainable intensification and inadequate governance over this essential resource.
The World Soil Day (WSD) campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.
The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), in 2002, adopted a resolution proposing the 5th of December as World Soil Day to celebrate the importance of soil as a critical component of the natural system and as a vital contributor to human well being.
In December 2013, the 68th UN General Assembly declared 5th of December as the World Soil Day.
"On World Soil Day, I call for greater attention to the pressing issues affecting soils, including climate change, antimicrobial resistance, soil-borne diseases, contamination, nutrition and human health." — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
For more information on World Soil Day, visit http://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/en/
“When you hold soil
in the palms of your hands,
you are holding more life
in your hands than
there are people on this planet.”
Earthworm Facts to Research:
More Earthworm Fun Facts to Research:
Discover things that worms and all animals need to survive when setting up and/or caring for earthworms in a composting bin:
Bob and Otto