We provide opportunities for local youth to learn about natural resource management within Latah County.

Youth Education and Volunteer Opportunities

Conservation Awareness Days

Every May we coordinate and host an all-day field trip for 5th and 6th graders in Latah County. Teachers bring their classes to Spring Valley Reservoir and spend the day visiting different stations where they investigate many aspects of conservation and natural resource management.

Volunteers from different agencies and professions share their experience and knowledge with the students in a hands-on setting. 

Conservation Awareness Day Summaries

Local Monarch Waystations

Russell Elementary Monarch Weighstation

Brenda Erhardt has worked with the following schools:

  • Deary Elementary

  • Moscow Charter School

  • Russell Elementary

  • Troy High School

Latah Soil and Water Conservation District works with schools in Latah County to create Certified Monarch Butterfly Waystations.  These stations provide Milkweeds, nectar plants and shelter for Monarchs throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration.

Moscow Charter School Monarch Weightstation

Financial Support and Scholarships for Youth

We provide financial support for programs such as Idaho Ag in the Classroom, Envirothon, the Idaho State Forestry Contest, and the Idaho FFA Career Development events. We also provide assistance for students to participate in these events, as well as scholarships for students to attend Natural Resources Camp.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to spend some time in the field getting your hands dirty and learning about conservation work contact us about volunteer opportunities.  We are happy to work with individuals, families, groups, and students of all ages.

Contact Katie Ludwig at

or (208)596-8249

for more information on volunteer opportunities or to request a classroom presentation or to learn more about ArtWalk 2019

Learning in the Classroom

We love to work directly with students and can give classroom presentations by request!

Art and Conservation

Latah SWCD is excited to be working with Moscow Charter School Students this year to participate in the annual ArtWalk in downtown Moscow.  Students will be creating conservation related art to be displayed in front of the Federal Building on 5th Street.