Activities and Education

Education has been recognized as the number one priority of the Soil and Water Conservation District. Continuous efforts have been made to provide education through the schools and public workshops to maintain an awareness of the individual roles we all play in conservation.

2018 Poster Contest Theme: “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home”
Poster Contest2018 IRSWCD Poster Contest was held and the awards were presented February 13, 2018 to Treasurer Coast Elementary School. This year's national topic was Watersheds: Our Water, Our Homes. Students placing 1st place in their division will represent Indian River SWCD at the Association of Florida Conservation District's Area IV contest, with a chance to earn the opportunity to participate at the state level. The contest is a great way for students in Grades K-5 to enjoy healthy competition while learning about conservation through art.

The Indian River Lagoon Envirothon is an outdoor competition designed to encourage students interest in natural resource conservation and environmental management. An annual event where students from Counties along the Indian River Lagoon compete in their knowledge and understanding of areas critical to the Environment: the Indian River Lagoon, Current Environmental Issues, Aquatics, Forestry, Soil & Land Use, & Wildlife. Winning teams (high school) from each county may continue in competitions at state, and if successful, national levels. For more information on how you can get involved or start a team, please visit


Best Management Practices
The primary focus of this manual is to address the expansion of “Small Farms, Ranchettes, and Country Estates” in rural areas by providing relevant information that facilitates the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs).
Small Farm, Ranchette and Country Estate Best Management Practices Manual


Workshops - Staff have assisted Indian River County Extension Service in presenting workshops on conservation issues such as irrigation water management, pond management, etc. Referrals are made to Extension Service to assist cooperators in finding all the necessary information to help them make educated decisions.


Butterfly Garden
Indian River SWCD in partnership with Natural Resources Conservation Service (N.R.C.S.) educated 2nd & 3rd grade students on gardening and the students of Citrus Elementary School in Vero Beach planted a Butterfly Garden on 5/6/16 that they will continue to maintain. Click the images to enlarge.

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