Environmental Education Program
The Dallas County Conservation Board's Environmental Educational Programs mission is to aid citizens in becoming environmentally and culturally knowledgeable and, above all, skilled and dedicated citizens who are willing to work, individually and collectively, toward achieving and/or maintaining a dynamic equilibrium between quality of life and quality of the environment.
Maka Ochante: Lakota for "A Sense of Place." Through our programs we hope to help people understand where they have come from, and therefore give them a better sense of place.
To learn more about our environmental education programs or to schedule a meeting to develop programming specifically for your class or organization, contact our office to speak with one of our coordinators.
All Dallas County Conservation Board's Environmental Educational Programs and Activities support the following goals:
Awareness - help the learner to acquire a sensitivity to, and appreciation for, the total environment - especially the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of Dallas County.
Knowledge - help the learner to gain a variety of experiences in, and acquire a basic understanding of the ecological principles and processes operating in the environment.
Connections - Applications - help the learner to recognize the link between individual/group actions - decisions and environmental problems so as to enhance their understanding of the cause and effect relationships in ecological issues.
Skills - help learners to acquire the skills for participating in outdoor recreational activities, and for the identification, research, analysis, evaluation and solving of environmental problems.
Participation - provide the learner with opportunities to be involved in outdoor recreational activities and actively involved in working towards the resolution of environmental problems.
To accomplish our mission and meet the program goals, the Dallas County Conservation Board's Environmental Education Program sponsors formal educational opportunities in cooperation with the county's school systems as well as non-formal educational opportunities for the general public and adult populations.
These educational opportunities include:
- field trip and outdoor learning programs at county parks and natural areas for local school districts, primarily in the fall and spring;
- classroom programs for local school districts, primarily in the winter;
- informational and educational opportunities for local teachers, including newsletters, manuals, workshops, etc;
- programming and special events for the general public;
- educational programs for adult populations;
- requested programming for special populations;
- publication and distribution of an informational newsletter for the general public, and periodic publicity concerning conservation programs, event activities, projects, etc.
"The Objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and to enjoy what he understands"
These words by Aldo Leopold express the goals of Dallas County Conservation public programs. DCCB's Public Programs invite you to See, Understand, and Enjoy this place we call home. for an idea of the diversity of experiences and topics addressed by DCCB's Public Programs, go to our Calendar Section to view a listing of programs offered in the coming season.
What does it mean to see the Land?
Perhaps participating in a public canoe float down the Raccoon River with a geologist will open your eyes to the stories written in the rocks and land forms of Dallas County.
How does understanding grow from a new vision?
Join in our citizen Volunteer Water Monitoring program to recognize the connections between individual-group actions and decisions and water quality issues.
What enjoyment comes with understanding?
Participation in a prairie burn and thrill in the fury and healing of life on our native landscapes restoration.
As we evolve through Leopold's stages you will come to recognize the equilibrium between a quality of life and the quality of environment.
For more information, or to register for any of our programs and events: