As a Conservation District, we are continually working toward meeting the needs of the community. We have gone into the schools for many years helping students and teachers to understand more about who the Conservation District is and what we do. So it only seemed like a perfect move to start a program that could be attended by anyone in Uinta County, with a focus on those students that are homeschooled, ages 4-18. Our goal is to teach about the conservation of our natural resources and agriculture, something that is becoming more and more important everyday. The “4” in 4 Our Future represents four important topics we will be teaching: Soil, Water, Plants and Agriculture.
This will be a fluid program that will change as the needs of the community change. Classes will be held once per month with the first hour for kids ages 4-7 and the second hour for kids ages 8 and up. You can visit our website or facebook page for times and updates on each of the classes offered. Contact Briar Harris, Education Coordinator, for more information 307-787-3070.
January- Weather/Sno-tel The younger group will be learning about weather. They will get to be a weatherman/woman. The older group will learn about Sno-tel. Why and how it got it’s start, why do we use it now, what instruments are used.
February- Soils Learning about different types of soils is important. We will learn why soil is important and the older group will get to do some soil testing on some soil samples.
March- Erosion Conservation Districts came about all because of a little event called the “Dust Bowl”. We will talk a good deal about history weaving it in with the science.
April-Soil to Salad What are the parts of the plants we eat? Each child will get to make and eat their own salad.
May- Hairy Caterpillars This lesson is about butterflies but the hands on activity is a popular one called “Hairy Caterpillars”.
August- Plant Identification We will be looking at different classifications of plants, their flowers, leaves, stems and root system. We will be at a different location on this day. More information as we get closer.
September- Energy- Forms of What are the different forms of energy? We will learn about how energy works. The older class will do some experiments on the different methods it takes to get energy to us.
October- Solar Energy We will be learning about solar energy, how it is used and we will be making solar ovens and cooking in them.
November 16- Wind Energy Another renewable energy, wind energy is also a way that we get our energy. We will be using experiments to show how wind energy works.
Spooky Spiders & Wacky Webs
Do you know 3 types of webs that spiders make? * Tunnel Web * Funnel Web * Orb Web Students were split into groups and had to research a spider, what type of web it makes, where it lives, what it eats, and other facts. They then wrote a report and included pictures. They then gave an oral report on what they had learned to their peers.
Did you know that you can tell water quality by the macro invertebrates in the water? These kids do know!
Uinta County Conservation District P.O. Box 370 204 East Sage St. Lyman, WY 82937 307-787-3070