Programs and Field Trips

 

Butler SWCD offers free programs to the residents of Butler County including youth groups, homeschool groups, schools, and adult groups such as garden clubs.
 
In-person or virtual programs 

Due to ever changing restrictions, we are currently offering a mix or in-person or virtual presentations, demonstrations, Q & A sessions, and more.   We understand that although you may schedule an in-person visit, this may need to change. We would rather get you on our calendar, and have you cancel or switch to virtual, than you and your students miss out.  Please email Lynn to discuss how we can best fit your need.

Online educational resources -free

To aid this virtual education, Butler SWCD and partners have created an online educational resource site. It is free, but does require registration. It is a google site, making it possible for you to download the worksheets and other resources to your google classroom. 

To Schedule

Contact Lynn: By email or at 513-785-6666 to schedule a program. The calendar opens up on August 1 to begin scheduling for the school year. Often the schedule is filled by the end of October for the entire school year.

 

Due to the number of requests there is a:

  • minimum of 12 attendees per program

  • and a maximum of two programs per year.

 
 
Worm program at Butler County school
Classroom Presentations

Due to limited staffing and the high demand of our programs, our Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the District to limit our in-person classroom programs to grades 2 -12.  Educators in grades Prek-1 can still borrow our loan items for free and attend our educational workshops.

 

Are you interested in activities that encourage teamwork, self-confidence, inquiry-based learning, and the integration of science, history, math and social studies? Well, so are we!  School programs are developed with Ohio standards in mind. The programs all include a hands-on component. Topics can include a variety of natural resource themes, including:

  • Water quality

  • Water pollution

  • Changes to the environment: Both human and animal

  • Landforms

  • Fossils

  • Soil: formation, properties, erosion, etc.

  • Rock Cycle

  • Minerals

  • Wildlife

  • Worms and Composting

  • Maps

Please see the following pdf for a list of programs for your grade level and their correlations with the Ohio Science Standards (grades prek-8). High school educators can contact Lynn directly to discuss their specific needs.

Education Survey

If you have received an education program from Butler SWCD, please complete this 2 minute survey. Your feedback will allow us to develop the programs and services that our local educators and students need.

Girl scout program in creek
Youth Groups:
4H Clubs, scouts, girl scouts, American Heritage girls etc.

Topics include: soil conservation, water, wildlife, and fossils.  Let us know what you are interested in and we will adapt to fit your needs and the age of the children. All programs involve a hands-on activity.

 

Location: We can come to you, meet in a park, or use the meeting rooms in our building.

 

Length: we will adapt the length of the program to fit you needs.

 

When: We do provide programs during the evening and sometimes on weekends. The calendar fills up early, so please contact us as far in advance as possible.

 

Group Size: Minimum group size (including adults) is 12. So far we haven't hit a maximum, however this will depend upon the program.

 

 

Stream biology class for adults
 
Adult Audiences

Butler SWCD provides a variety of programs for adult audiences. These programs can be adapted to fit your time requirements. Our speakers can either come out to your usual meeting location, or we can often book a room in our building.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Rain Gardens

  • Rain Barrels

  • Wildlife Gardening

  • Composting

  • Pond Maintenance

  • Soils

  • Water Quality