Education for Youth


  • The Indiana Envirothon promotes environmental education to high school aged students. The goal is to raise awareness of the importance of achieving and maintaining a natural balance between the quality of life and of the environment.
  • Teams of five students (grades 9-12), representing a school or organization, compete at Indiana Envirothon Contests by answering questions and by studying resource problems in each of the five environmental areas which include: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, and a current environmental issue which changes annually.
  • Envirothon is an exciting, fun way for high school students to learn about the environment and the issues facing current and future generations.
  • The 2018 Envirothon was held at the Peabody Library in Columbia City, IN on March 16th.  The teams placed as follows:  First Place Lakeland HS; Second Place Adams Central HS; Third Place Adams Central HS.  Congratulations to all the teams that participated and good luck to the those heading to the state competition!

Ag Day

  • Every third grader in DeKalb County gets to visit a local dairy farm.
  • The FFA students from all three DeKalb County high schools set up stations to present the different types of farm animals and their care along with types of farm machinery.
  • Ag Day is usually held the second or third week of April.

NE IN Conservation Camps

  • These are three one-day camps with each one at a different location in NE Indiana
  • The cost is $10/camp which includes lunch and snacks.Ages 9 -13 years (boys and girls)
  • Camps begin at 9:30 and ends at 2:30

For 2018 the dates and locations are:

 *June 19 at Par-Gil Natural Resource Center in LaGrange, IN
*Tour the resource center
*Investigate Macroinvertibrates
*Snacks, lunch and all supplies are provided
*Contact LaGrange County SWCD to register 260.463.3471 x3

*July 17 at Pokagon State Park in Steuben County
*Conservation games & crafts
*Snacks, lunch and all supplies are provided
*Contact Steuben County SWCD to register 260.665.3211 x3

*August 7 at Camp Whitley outside of Columbia City, IN
*Gun Safety
*Meet reptiles and amphibians!
*Snacks, lunch and all supplies are provided
*Contact Whitley County SWCD to register 260.244.6266 x3

For more information or to register you may also contact DeKalb SWCD at 260.925.5620 x3


DeKalb SWCD continues to offer educational events in DeKalb County for both youth and adults. Check our Events Calendar for information on upcoming events.