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Two students posed with presentation.


Two students posed with presentation.

For the last several years, San Juan SWCD has sponsored a team of Navajo Prep students to compete in the NM Envirothon, a weekend long competition testing high school students’ knowledge of soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and conservation problem-solving around a specific topic. The 2017 team “Fierce Fungis” placed 9th overall in New Mexico!

Visit for more information about the state contest, or contact our office if your high school is interested in starting a team.

Lessons and Class Materials

Topics like soil, water, conservation, gardening, nutrition, and agriculture can easily be incorporated into the classroom as an engaging way to meet educational standards while connecting students with the world around them. We have compiled a number of resources on our online file storage system (“Box”) which are linked here, organized by topic and grade level.

Poster Contest

As part of the National Association of Conservation Districts, we hold a poster contest for 4th and 5th graders every spring for Earth Day and Soil Stewardship Week. Stay tuned for the upcoming contest. Visit our Facebook page (links below) to check out our past winners!

2017, Healthy Soils are Full of Life: Winners/ Honorable Mention
2016, We all Need Trees: Winners and all posters
2015, Pollinators: Our Local Heroes: All posters/winners
2014, Dig Deeper! Secrets in the Soil: All posters/winners


Five people gathered around watershed model.

Rolling Rivers Trailer

Our Rolling Rivers trailer is a large, interactive model of a watershed like that of the San Juan and Animas rivers. It is available for free annual visits to your event or classroom. The trailer is an engaging lesson about rivers, erosion, watersheds, and where our water comes from; students and grown-ups alike love it! It is in high demand every spring, so we recommend scheduling 2 months in advance.

Five people gathered around watershed model.