Since 1969, approximately 1200 students each year have participated in the Conservation Education Program at the request of their teachers, an extraordinary legacy by any standard.
The purpose of the Consevation Education Program is to teach the Lapeer County students about the value and proper use of the natural resources in Lapeer County, and through the delivery of this program, to further Lapeer Conservation District’s vision of informed residents who can use our natural resources wisely. Introduced in Lapeer County’s schools in 1969, the core of the program consists of three subjects – water, soil and trees – all with a strong conservation theme and sense of place. The subject matter is generally suitable to 5th grade classes, but a survey of teacher preferences indicated that 4th or 6th grades may be preferable, depending on which curriculum the teacher is using.
What makes Lapeer Conservation District’s Conservation Education Program unique is its focus on stewardship and conservation of natural resources in Lapeer County and State of Michigan. In addition, the program takes place at the shcools and has always been offered free of charge.
Many thanks go to our past and present financial supporters, Lapeer County residents, Sierra Club Nepessing Group, Lapeer County Community Foundation, Lapeer County Farm Bureau, Lapeer Optimists, Kiwanis Club of Lapeer, Lapeer County Commissioners and the Baker College Center for Graduate Studies.
Our educational instructor is Merilee Williams, who is a lifelong Lapeer County resident, growing up as a farm girl on a 200 acre centennial family farm. She became a high school English teacher working in Lapeer for 34 years. She lives in the family home originally built in 1860, bred, raised, and showed Haflinger horses with her husband and daughter until retirement. She currently divides her time between working with students on conservation topics, spending time at their log cabin in Northwest Florida and seeing as much of the world as possible. South Africa is next!
ANY DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED AND GO DIRECTLY TO THE EDUCATION PROGRAM. DONATION MAY BE SENT TO LAPEER CONSERVATION DISTRICT, 700 SOUTH MAIN STREET, SUITE 120-C, LAPEER, MI 48446
EDUCATION IN CONSERVATION