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Hoosier Riverwatch — A Great Program for Indiana!

This past weekend, I had the good fortune to participate in the Hoosier Riverwatch training program.hooisers river watch graphic  Sponsored by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management,  the purpose of Hoosier Riverwatch is to encourage Indiana  citizens to become active stewards of our water resources through watershed education, water monitoring and cleanup activities.  The training was hosted by Deb Palmer from Marshall County’s excellent Soil and Water Conservation Office , and was expertly taught by Jennifer Krauser, a volunteer  with Hoosier  Riverwatch.  We spent the morning in the  classroom, reviewing basic elements for determining water quality in our area streams by examining physical, chemical  and biological properties of these systems.  Lots of great hands-on learning.  Watershed PresentationHere’s an image of a rudimentary, but effective way to model a watershed.

In the afternoon, we headed out to a nearby tributary of the Yellow River where we put our training to practice.  This particular stream flows through Plymouth’s Centennial Park and will be surrounded by Blueberry Festival-goers this coming weekend.  Over the course of 3 hours under Jennifer’s and Deb’s guidance, we measured the aforementioned parameters and, while we haven’t crunched all of the data just yet, it appears this 200′ section of stream was in pretty good shape.

Below are more images from the  day.  A great tutorial and wonderful folks with whom  to learn!  If you have the opportunity to participate in this training, I encourage you to do so!




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Free Hoosier Riverwatch Training — August 26 — Marshall County SWCD

Interested in some hands-on learning about water quality in our area lakes and streams?  Want to learn what you can do to help improve the health of our local environment?  This free training is for you.  Sponsored by the Marshall County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management,  Hoosier Riverwatch is day-long combined classroom and field session which introduces citizens to basic water quality monitoring techniques.  A great program for teachers, students and anyone with an interest in our area’s lakes and streams.   Check out the information below and see you there!Hoosier River Watch.PNG

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Marshall County Food Council Awarded SARE Grant

The Marshall County Food Council, of which Culver Academies is a founding member, has received its first grant!


Marshall County Food Council Members, Spring 2017 meeting.

The team training grant focuses on developing farm to school food programs in our community and is sponsored by the Purdue Extension Program and the Indiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

In August, Council members will participate in a webinar; following the webinar, the team will attend an all day training workshop in Indianapolis.  The grant covers costs (travel, training materials, instruction) associated with the training program.

Several similar organizations throughout the state were awarded this grant, so there will be an opportunity to network and share experiences on how to develop local agriculture in our schools.  This map shows the location of other award winners.  Watch this space for more information about the Marshall County Food Council!


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Bring SC3 back to Culver

Who knew 6 days could go by so quickly? The last two days of the Student Climate and Conservation Congress (SC3) have been incredibly memorable.

The last couple days were the culmination of the conference where we wrapped the projects that we’ve been working on. George & I gave a presentation on creating and maintaining environmentally sustainable economics to all the fellows at the event. Our presentation was in the form of a jeopardy game in order to engage the audience. Other groups presented on other environmental topics such as sustainable agriculture, and water conservation.

We also had the opportunity to listen to a few final speakers. Including Forest McCarthy who spoke to us about glacial science and climate change. Through our experiences here at Sc3 we are excited to bring new innovative ideas to our campus to help increase our sustainability. Hopefully we will be able to bring guest speakers to share their knowledge with the Culver community.

Signing off from SC3 for the last time,

Goldie (CGA ’18) & George  (CMA ’18)