County Teachers

Education Program

Would you like to try out some fun, hands-on, environmental education lessons in your classroom? We’ll supply the materials — you just teach! The Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) wants to team up with local educators to bring more fun, engaging, and thought-provoking environmental education into our schools.
Learn more here.


The Columbia SWCD encourages local high schools to build teams and compete in the Oregon Envirothon Competition. St Helens High School has sent 2 teams and ranked very well. We would love to see more team representing Columbia County in the coming years. For more information go to, there is training for teachers and coaches and materials available to make preparing easy.

Vernonia Outdoor School

Each September the Columbia SWCD and the Upper Nehalem Watershed Council teach at Vernonia’s 6th grade outdoor school. Topics focus on Native Plants, wildlife, and pollinators. And the kids get to make mason bee houses to take home. We look forward every year to meeting the new 6th graders helping to build their interest in the natural resources around them.