Public Education is a very important tool for us at LSRB. We strive to give our local residents as many opportunities as possible to learn about who we are, what we do, and why we do it. We also work with other Educational Partners to create awareness of sustainable land-use & conservation practices through community and school programs.
Programs & Partnerships:
Community Conservation Education Grants
Education for both landowners and school groups is the key to providing for long-term watershed health. Our Community Conservation Education Grant Program provides funding and assistance to communities and schools for the development of conservation education resources and includes projects like Nature Trails, Tree Plantings, Workshops, MB Envirothon, River Watch, and more.Download Application
School Classroom Visits
LSRB can come visit your classroom. We would be happy to come and give a presentation on any number of conservation related topics. Please contact our office to arrange a visit.
Envirothon is an annual hands-on environmental education competition for high school students, designed to encourage team work, problem-solving skills, and public speaking skills while fostering an appreciation for current environmental issues. Often referred to as the “Environmental Olympics”, Envirothon combines the exhilaration of team competition, the challenge of learning about environmental issues, and the experience of using this knowledge in hands-on activities. This approach to environmental education helps students to develop skills necessary to address environmental issues, such as team work, problem-solving, critical thinking, and public debate.
LSRB has been helping to co-host regional Envirothon competitions since 2010, as well as supporting Envirothon teams from our local schools.
Agro-Ecology Discovery Day
The Agro-Ecology Discovery program began in Prairie Rose School Division in the 2009-10 school year. It is a program designed to explore the potential of enriching the science and social studies curriculums with practical field experience as a means of engaging high-school students in the study of Agro-Ecology. Studying throughout the school year ends in a hands-on field day at the U of M Ian N. Morrison Research Farm in Carman.
The Red River Basin River Watch Monitoring Program, or River Watch, began in Minnesota in 1995. The watershed-wide program provides hands-on science opportunities for students, teachers, and citizens in Minnesota, North Dakota and Manitoba. The program provides leadership experiences for students, promotes community understanding of the importance of watersheds, and contributes to a greater understanding of baseline water quality in the Red River Basin. Water sampling is done on a regular basis; usually once a month throughout the open water season. In Manitoba, the program is delivered by the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre, and locally by the South Central Eco Institute.
Cypress River Wetland Discovery Trail
The Cypress River Wetland Discovery Trail is located along Highway #2 just outside of the community of Cypress River. The trail has a boardwalk that runs out into the wetland, and is an excellent place for viewing waterfowl in their natural habitat. Find out more about the Cypress River Wetland Discovery Trail
Boyne Valley Nature Trail
The Boyne Valley Nature Trail is located in the Town of Treherne. It is a 1.5km trail that winds through the valley of a small tributary of the Boyne River. There are two 80ft bridges along the trail, one of which is covered.
Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge
Pinkerton Lakes Wildlife Refuge is located 6 miles south of Treherne on PR# 242. There is a multi-use trail including a floating dock walkway, picnic shelter & watchtower. It is an excellent place for viewing birds and wildlife.
Each year, the Conservation District recognizes an individual, family or a group who have been actively promoting and practicing wise land management through the use of conservation practices. Examples of possible nominations would be a family who as an intensive recycling program, a farm that has implemented beneficial management practices throughout their operation, or a group working to increase awareness of sustainable land use management.
2012 - Fred Dunn
2011 - Rob & Charlene Graham
2010 - No Recipient This Year
2009 - Paul & Annette Rheault
2008 - No Recipient This Year
2007 - John & Jennifer Magarrell
2006 - Herb & Shirley Watson & Family
2005 - Fairholme Colony
2004 - Wes & Cathy McCullough & Family
2003 - Ray & Leona Timmerman & Family
Manitoba Conservation Districts Association Builder Award
Each year, the Manitoba Conservation Districts Association recognizes a CD member for their innovation and leadership towards conservation practices and the development of strong Conservation Districts.
2009 - Doug Dobrowolski (First Board Chairman of LSRBCD)