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Welcome!

Our mission at the Kankakee County SWCD is to provide leadership and coordinate programs focusing technical, financial, and educational assistance to help protect, preserve, and enhance our natural resources.

WHO WE ARE

The Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District provides information and services regarding the conservation, development, and management of our natural resources. Working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), we help farmers and landowners establish practices that promote clean water and healthy soil.

We provide Natural Resource Information (NRI) reports for those seeking zoning changes, variances, and special use permits through the County Planning Department. We also sell trees and shrubs, fish, marking flags, and pollinator seed.

 

Education is an important component of our mission, and we strive to provide the community with conservation-centric outreach opportunities and resources.

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Seeking 2023 Intern

Seeking part-time 2023 intern. Pay is $16-17 per hour with a flexible schedule!

Our intern will be working alongside the District Conservation Coordinator to continue and expand our “Soil on Demand” project through planning, field trial setup and maintenance, agronomic data collection, farmer communication, event facilitation, and more. 

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Soil on Demand

A tool for local farmers.

Real-time soil temperature and moisture readings from farm fields in Kankakee County.

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Educational Resources

Need some great content for e-learning this year?

Check out our education webpage for activities, lesson plans, videos, and other resources focusing on soil health, water quality, native plants, and pollinators!

Protect Our Pollinators

Kankakee County SWCD is a friend to pollinators! The video above was created with scenes captured in a single afternoon, in an SWCD director's pollinator field. Farmers give back to pollinators by planting habitat in farm fields, providing valuable floral resources for insects, birds, and other wildlife. In this video alone 11 flowering plant species, 14 insect species, and 2 bird species made an appearance (click here to view the species list). 

Why are pollinators important? Click here to scroll through our presentation "The Farmer, the Pollinator, and You".

What can you do to help? Click here for pollinator resources!