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Environmental Education


All Environmental Education Programs are free to all school and community groups in Ottawa County. ​

School programs meet State Standards and can be adjusted based on age and interest. Examples of programs provided to groups and schools include Soil to Spoon, Owls, Lake in a bag, Canoing, Water Quality and so much more! 


Ottawa SWCD also offers many public programs! Throughout the year you will see information about Day on the Wildside, AG Community Breakfast, Women in Conservation and more. 

To request or schedule a program contact Environmental Educator, Becky Simpson at 419-898-1595 or

Annual Programs

Day on the Wildside

    The 2024 Day on the Wildside is Full!! See below for waitlist information


This exciting event for youth entering the 6th-8th grade is taking place on July 25th,  at the  Winous Point Hunt Club in Port Clinton.  Throughout the day, participants engage in fishing, shooting, archery, bird banding and more in a fun and safe environment. Cost is $20 and includes a t-shirt and lunch. 


The 2024 registration is full.  If you would like to be put on the waitlist for 2024 please send the following information to  participants name, grade in fall 2024, phone number, and email address.  This information will also be used to send 2025 Wildside information once it becomes available. 

​Women in Conservation 


The Women in Conservation Workshop series takes place the third Wednesday of the month from April through September.  The goal of these events is to provide an opportunity for Women to learn about our natural and environmental  opportunities in a fun and save environment.  Each Workshop starts at 5:30 with a dinner and then then program begins at 6:00 p.m.

We are now taking reservations for the 2024 Women in Conservation Workshop Series!!! 

To learn more about each of the six workshops being offered in 2024, click on the brochure HERE.  

There are 2 ways to register for a workshop.  To Register, you can:

1.Clink on the link below to register for any workshop

2. Visit our office at 240 W. Lake St., Unit B, Oak Harbor 


***New this year, we will not be accepting mail in registration forms*** 



If you would like to be placed on an email list to receive future updates on these workshops, please contact Becky Simpson, Environmental Educator at 419-898-1595 or


Agricultural & Natural Resource Scholarship


The Ottawa SWCD will be awarding One (1) $500 scholarship to an Ottawa County Student who is pursuing education beyond high school in an Agriculture or Natural Resource field;

Minimum Requirements:

  • Either a 2024 graduating senior or a graduate that attended an Ottawa County high school.

  • Enrolled for Fall 2024 as a full time student at a 2 or 4 year accredited college, technical school or university.

  • Pursuing a degree in agriculture, natural resources or a related field.

Conditions of Scholarship:

The Ottawa SWCD will award one (1) five hundred dollar ($500) college scholarship to an Ottawa County graduating senior for the 2023-2024 academic year, or a past graduate.  The scholarship award will be processed through the School's scholarship office and will be available to the student in August 2024.


Deadline to apply: March 29, 2024

Scholarship recipient announced: During National Stewardship Week: April 29 - May 3, 2024


Ag Breakfast

To celebrate agriculture and honor our local producers, local Ag Agencies and sponsors celebrated National Agriculture Week by hosting an Agriculture Community Breakfast.  The 2024 Breakfast was held on Friday, March 15th, at 8:00 a.m. at St John Lutheran Church in Oak Harbor.   The cost for the all-you-can-eat scrambled egg, pancake and sausage breakfast is only $5.00.   The event is not just for the agricultural community, but open to all individuals and businesses that eat meat, fruit, vegetables and bread – items grown by farmers!

Proceeds from the breakfast go back into the agricultural community through various scholarships.   For more information about our scholarship, please call OSU Extension at 419-898-3631. 

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