Our educators are busy creating new programs
for your students!

Have a special request? Give us a call and we can create a program to fit your needs, anything from NGSS to scout badge requirements.

Nicole Gallop – Compost & Recycling Educator
Composting and Vermiculture Workshops and Recycling Presentations

“Black gold” – just another name for compost because it is so valuable to your soils and healthy gardens. Learn the basics of backyard composting and composting with worms, known as vermiculture.  Our educator can include a make-and-take session and help you build your own “worm bin,” getting a starter batch of red wigglers.

Andrea Gordon-Education Coordinator
Andrea will be expanding upon our current offerings. Contact her to request a program that will complement your curriculum. Our offerings will be made available soon.

Congratulations to 2017 Local Poster Contest Winners! 

  • 3rd Place: Kaya Haan (6th grade @ NMC)
  • 2nd Place:  Jada VanNoord (6th grade @ NMC)
  • 1st Place: Kylee Winkle (6th grade @ NMC)

 Enter our 2019 Poster Contest!  Missaukee Conservation District annually hosts a Conservation Poster Contest. 

Theme for 2019: “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”. Winning entries in each age category move onto the State and National competitions for cash prizes. Entries may also be featured on our website, events and publications. Winners of our local contest move on to complete at State and National Contests, for cash prizes up to $200.

Our educators can be scheduled for presentations to your students to support this contest at your location or ours. Visit the Missaukee Nature Trail and use our outdoor classroom for your program. Programs and materials are available free of charge, thanks to your support of the 2018 Missaukee Conservation District millage. Enter this fall, spring, or summer. Contact Andrea for details at 231.839.7193 or

Deadline: Completed entries with forms attached into our office by October 9, 2019.

Educator Resources for “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” Conservation Poster Contest will be updated soon.

2018 PowerPoint Presentation An overview of soils, the contest rules, and elements of a good visual poster display.
2018 Resource List Websites, links and resources for further soil study!
2018 Contest Rules (Please read these first.)
2018 Entry Form(Must accompany each poster.)

Contact Andrea Mayer, Education Coordinator, to schedule a program at 231.839.7193 or

See Program Request page for descriptions on program activities and to submit a request form.

NMCS 7th and 10th grade students take time in the field to monitor water quality in local streams. They are one of three schools and a 4-H club participating in this activity with our staff.

Loretta Slocum and her Lake City MS class have adopted a garden plot at our public gardens and will create a Monarch WayStation in 2017. Saving plants and starting seeds were just two of the activities which students have been involved (photos 1 & 2, left to right). Pollinator Club (photo 3) and Monarch tagging (photo 4) are just two examples of community activities put on by the district. Join us this spring, summer, and fall!