Indiana Association of  
Soil and Water Conservation Districts

News from the IASWCD

For release: Thursday, January 9, 2014
Montgomery County Conservation Partnership Team Receives 2013 Indiana Earth Team Award

Indianapolis -- The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and conservation partnership was honored recently with the 2013 Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Earth Team Award. 

The Earth Team Award is given by the Indiana USDA NRCS to a team of deserving Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors, conservation partnership staff and Earth Team volunteers at the local level. 

The Earth Team Volunteer Program was established in 1981 when Congress passed legislation allowing the Natural Resources Conservation Service to use volunteers in all of its programs. During Fiscal Year 2013, just under 2,000 Indiana Earth Team volunteers donated almost 18,000 hours of their time in over 80 percent of the field offices around the state. The value of this work is approximately $400,000. 


Each year, more children do not fully understand where their food comes from or the importance of conserving natural resources for future generations. In response to this need, the Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District developed a day-long, outdoor learning experience. While these lessons can be taught in a classroom setting, a hands-on experience gives students a sense of how important these topics really are and leaves them with a positive impression. The 2013 event was the 16th annual field day.


The event invites all four grade students to participate in a hands-on learning experience on a working farm. Activities that students and teachers participate in include wildlife, soils and erosion, entomology, forestry, water quality, prairie grasses, worms and composting, and the water cycle. The sessions are taught by local conservation leaders from the park's department, state department of agriculture, surrounding county SWCDs, and NRCS.


An additional benefit to this field day is incorporating the local FFA students, allowing them to practice their public speaking skills by teaching fourth graders about the water cycle.


This incredible task is accomplished with the help of more than 50 individual volunteers who donated over 400 hours of time to make it a successful event. They taught approximately 460 students the importance of conserving our natural resources, while helping NRCS attain their goals and objectives of addressing this priority item. 


#          #          #

iaswcd logo

For more information contact:

Jennifer Boyle Warner, executive director, 317.692.7519, ext. 304 

IASWCD Officers


President: Jeff Meinders


Vice President: 
Paul Cummings


Secretary: Jamie Scott 


Mike Starkey




North-NW: Jim Martin




North-NE: Tom Crowe 


South-NE: Troy Hattery


North-SW: Les Zimmerman


South-SW: Jim Droege 


North-SE: Mike Schwab


South-SE: Brad Ponsler




Executive Director:

Jennifer Boyle Warner


Project Assistant: Liz Rice


Soil Health Program Manager: Lisa Holscher

225 S. East St., Suite 740, Indpls, IN  46202 / 317.692.7325 / [email protected] / Facebook / Twitter