- Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- 2017/2018 Meeting Schedule
- District Location and Boundaries
- Services Provided
- Cooperating Agencies
- Best Management Practices
- Agency Partnership Updates
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 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 www.irlenvirothon.org.
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.
1. Select a clear plastic glove and write your name on it.
2. Wet 5 cotton balls. Wring out, they do not have to be soaking wet.
3. Dip cotton balls into seeds. You will want to keep track of which seed is in each finger.
4. Put cotton ball with seeds attached-into each finger of glove. Cotton ball needs to be at the tip of the finger.
5. Tape to windows, chalkboard or a refrigerator if you're at home.
6. Seeds will germinate in 3 to 5 days. Keep a plant diary.
7. Transplant after 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. Cut bottom of glove's fingers and transplant cotton ball and small plants into soil or moss.
8. After growing to full size, plants can be made into a salad.
For more fun garden activities for kids, visit kidsgardening.org
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.