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K3SWCD NEWS

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LIVINGSTON COUNTY SWCD FARM EXPO

October 10, 2019

K3SWCD was invited by the Livingston County SWCD to help with their Farm Expo. Crystal Sauder (CA) taught 2nd graders lessons on what pollination is and the important role pollinators play in our daily lives. The students completed an activity where they colored a picture of a flower and eat cheese balls. By pretending to be pollinators, the students transferred the polled, or cheese ball dust, from their fingers onto another student's flower picture. 

MATCH AND SCIENCE CONFERENCE

October 5, 2019

The American Association of University Women Palos-Orland Branch invited the K3SWCD to present at the annual Math and Science Conference for 5th grade girls at Moraine Valley Community College. Emilie Janes (RC) and Crystal Sauder (CA) shared our story with the young ladies, and discussed careers in conservation biology and agriculture. The students also learned a few new skills including microscopy, using field guides, and field sketching/scientific journaling. 

SOIL JUDGING CONFERENCE

September 25, 2019

The Iroquois County SWCD (Thad Eshleman, RC) and the Kankakee County SWCD (Dakota Behrends, CA)partnered to host the Section 10 FFA Soils/Land Use CDE.  The students judged texture, drainage, erosion, management, and measured for slope. 

ILLINOIS SOYBEAN ASSOCIATION TOUR

August 20, 2019

Jeff O'Connor (director) hosted a tour at OC Farms as part of the Illinois Soybean Association's U.S. Soy Global Exchange and Specialty Grains Conference. There were upwards of 250 international soybeanbuyers and representatives from over 50 countries around the world. Emilie Janes (RC) and Dakota Behrends (CA) discussed sutainably produced soybeans, conservation practices, and the role of SWCD's as local conservation professionals in counties across Illinois. Local producers from the county discussed various topics; such as, planting, spraying, weed control, pest control, and grain handling and storage. 

HELDT PARK: BUGS IN THE PARK

July 10, 2019

K3SWCD was invited back to Heldt Park to present on insects and pollinators commonly found in Kankakee County. Emilie Janes (RC) and Crystal Sauder (CA) discussed the 5 largest groups of insects, what an insect's role in pollination is, and how important they are to our ecosystems and to agriculture. The kids received their own insect nets and went on to explore the park to catch, study, and release insects. 

HELDT PARK: ECOSYSTEMS

July 3, 2019

K3SWCD was invited to teach 25 kids and their parents about the different ecosystems found in Kankakee County. The event was hosted at Heldt Park, which is ran by Deb Morgan and the Grant Park Foundation. The kids learned about aquatic ecosystems, and how plants and fish are able to benefit from one another. Emilie Janes (RC) and Crystal Sauder (CA) led the kids on a scavenger hunt across the park to learn about the different land ecosystems. 

IDOT HABITAT WORKSHOP

June 29, 2019

K3SWCD held a Roadside Habitat and Moth & Butterfly Rearing Workshop at the Shannon Bayou Environmental Education Center in Aroma Park. Stephanie Dobbs ,Roadside Maintenance Manager with the Illinois Department of Transportation, discussed IDOT's efforts to support monarch butterfly and pollinator habitat along right-of-ways. Sue Hagrove taught us about native butterflies and moths in Illinois, and how to rear caterpillars. 

NATIVE PLANT SEMINARS

March 14 & 21, 2019

K3SWCD partnered with the IL Native Plant Society (INPS), Possibility Place Nursery to host two Native Plant Seminars at the University of Illinois Extension office in Bourbonnais.

Michelle Pearion, botanist, & Janine Catchpole for the INPS discussed the "how-to's" of native plant landscaping, and went over specific plants. 

Kelsae Shaw, botanist from Possibility Place, discussed using native prairie grasses and shrubs in landscaping. 

KIDS DAY AT THE FARM

March 20 & 21, 2019

The  Kankakee County Farm Bureau hosted the annual Kids Day at the Farm event in mid-March. The K3SWCD {Jeff (director), Evan, and Gina O'Connor; Emilie Janes (RC); Crystal Sauder (Intern)}presented on Soil Health and Water Quality.

In our soil health kitchen, 4th graders from all over Kankakee County followed the recipe for healthy soils. The students also learned about how rivers are connected to the ocean, and how important it is to keep our watershed healthy and clean! 

EARTH DAY PROGRAM

March 7, 2019

K3SWCD partnered with Midland States Bank in Kankakee and Pheasants Forever to host an Earth Day Program at Taft Primary School.  Emilie Janes (RC) and Crystal Sauder (Intern) discussed native plants and pollinators and their importance and roles in agriculture. Midland States Bank worked with the 2nd and 3rd grade science class to determine the costs of planting flowers, and ways to make and save their own money. The students decorated and planted their own wildflower cups. Pheasants Forever donated the native wildflower seeds the kids planted. Midland States Bank then grew and handed out the flowers to their customers on Earth Day (April 22, 2019).

INSECT COLLECTION & PINNING WORKSHOP

February 21, 2019

K3SWCD was invited to give a presentation at the University of Illinois Extension to local 4-H members! Emilie Janes (RC) and Crystal Sauder (Intern) discussed insects, pollination, insects and agriculture, and careers in entomology. The 4-Hers learned how to identify common native pollinators, pin an insect and start their own insect collection. 

FLAVORS OF AG - A CLASSROOM & CONSUMER EXPERIENCE

July 27, 2017

K3SWCD was invited to give a presentation at Joliet Junior College about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitat - "The Farmer, the Pollinator and You". Jeff O'Connor (director) and Emilie Janes (RC) presented to IL Ag in the Classroom coordinators, educators and members of the community. The event celebrated different flavors of ag - classroom experiences, food demonstrations and ag tours.

2017 TEEN CONSERVATION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

July 11, 2017

K3SWCD was invited to conduct a soil health workshop at the 2017 Teen Conservation Leadership Conference (TCLC). The TCLC is an event open for teens from all over the Chicagoland area, created by teens, for teens. Jeff (director), Emilie (resource conservationist), Gina and Evan had a great time teaching young adults about the importance of soil health and sustainable agriculture. The K3SWCD strives to invest in the next generation, equipping them with the knowledge to become successful stewards of our natural resources.

CULTIVATING OUR FUTURE EDUCATORS

March 20, 2017

In March, and invaluable connection was made between local farmers and future educators. Dr. Randy Johnson (Olivet Nazarene University) and Jeff O’Connor (K3SWCD director) worked together to bring a group of Olivet students to Jeff’s farm in Kankakee.

Students that visited OC Farms were taking Dr. Johnson’s environmental science course, a class that equips future elementary educators with the knowledge and skill to teach important concepts in science. Johnson’s goal was to expose his students to the working agricultural community, and allow them an opportunity to witness the application of environmentally conscious farming practices. For most of the students, this was their first visit to a farm!

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