The Mercer SWCD offers a variety of Pre K to Adult educational programs aimed at fostering an understanding of conservation that can be carried with individuals throughout their lives.

Youth Programs

The District’s Education Specialist can bring many hands-on activities to your classroom,   4-H club, Scouts group or other youth group.  Programs are available on a wide range of topics and are designed to meet proficiency and content standards.  The programs offered by the Mercer SWCD are not limited to those listed below.  We can work with you to develop a program or to modify an existing program to meet your specific needs whether the focus be on science, math, language arts, history, nutrition, or anything in between!

Each program is approximately 30-45 minutes in length.  The District provides this service FREE OF CHARGE to groups located within Mercer County.  Most programs can be adjusted to any age or skill level.  For more information or to schedule a program, contact our Education Specialist at [email protected].

The Incredible Journey

Students will become a water molecule and travel through the water cycle. Participants create a ‘bracelet’ to trace their journey.

Cookies from Soil

Students learn that soil is necessary to grow most of our food by tracing all of the ingredients in a chocolate chip cookie back to the soil.


Students place simulated pollution on a model watershed and trace it into the water supply. Topics covered include point source and non-point source pollution and prevention measures.

In addition to the aforementioned programs, the District offers the following educational opportunities for students throughout the year.


High School students participate in an outdoor, academic team competition testing them in five areas: soils, wildlife, aquatics, forestry, and current environmental issues.  Registration is in February with the area competition to be held in May.

Soils Judging

A county soils contest held in the fall gives students the opportunity to classify soil types and recommend proper uses for the various types of soil.

T.R.E.E. Program

Third grade students are presented with a lesson on trees and are given a tree seedling to take home and plant.  This program is offered in April to coincide with Earth Day.

Soil & Water Stewardship Week

Lessons and materials are available to recognize this important week which begins the last Sunday in April.

College Scholarship

In partnership with Wayne Insurance Group, the Mercer SWCD awards one $1,000 college scholarship to a student majoring in Agriculture, Natural Resources, or a related field.   For more information on scholarships please refer to the drop down under Education.


The District has access to many books, posters, magazines, and videos that relate to agriculture and natural resources.  If you are looking for a resource on any related topic, we may be able to help.

Adult Programs

The District Board and Staff continually strive to meet the needs of all of our cooperators; thus, we are always looking for topics of interest to address in our adult programs.  Some of the adult programs that are currently available are listed below.  Should you have a request for a program, please contact our Education Specialist at [email protected].

Drive-It-Yourself Farm Tour

This educational tour is designed to highlight agriculture and water quality efforts in Mercer County.  The tour will be held periodically.

Public Officials Tour

This tour is a great opportunity for the SWCD Board and Staff to showcase many of the projects our technical staff have worked on.