Douglas County Kids Groundwater Festival and Multi County Outreach

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2021: $4,000.00
Projected End Date: 01/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Manager:
Jessica Albertsen
Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District


Not commodity specific


  • Crop Production: irrigation, pollination, pollinator habitat, water management, water storage, windbreaks
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, networking, technical assistance, workshop, youth education
  • Energy: energy use, renewable energy
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture
  • Natural Resources/Environment: grass waterways, riparian buffers, soil stabilization, wetlands
  • Production Systems: aquaponics
  • Soil Management: composting, earthworms, organic matter, soil quality/health

    Proposal abstract:

    Attendees of this event will be educated on the best management practices and concepts for soil health, water quality, erosion control, and benefits of sustainable agriculture. 

    To accommodate all the youth in attendance, these concepts and practices will be taught to multiple learning styles with hands on activities and visual aids. Overall, it will cover the three concepts of sustainable agriculture by highlighting economy impact, career opportunities and importance of community involvement and environmental impact. The take home message is to intensify and embrace long term stewardship of our nations land, air, water, natural resources and renewable energies.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Increase youth knowledge on career opportunities and best management practices related to sustainable agriculture.
    2. Provide students with skills that allow them to continue learning and expand their horizons outside of the classroom setting with sustainable agriculture resources.
    3. Demonstrate and encourage hands on learning opportunities related to sustainable agriculture, and all the aspects of the water cycle.
    4. Increase awareness related to environmental learning and sustainable agriculture.
    5. Maximize the amount of information to include a wide variety of presenters.
    6. Share project results in education and outreach section of annual newsletter, public meetings, school and county websites and social media.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.