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.

2024 Poster Contest: “May the Forest Be With You Always”

Poster Contest



**Additional information will be posted later this fall!**



The Indian River Soil and Water Conservation District Poster Contest is open to all Indian River County Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  Students attending public, private, or home school, 4-H, or other Organizations may participate. (Individual Posters only accepted)


The Indian River Lagoon Envirothon is an outdoor competition that requires teamwork designed to encourage student’s 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, Aquatics, Forestry, Soil & Land Use, Wildlife and 2024 Current Issue: TBD. Winning teams (high school) from each county may continue in competitions at state, and if successful, national levels. The 2024 Envirothon information will be posted in late Fall of 2023. 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



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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