Activities

Poster Contest

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District would like to announce that we are in our 2nd year of our relaunch of the poster contest.  The grade that will have the opportunity to participate will be 3rd grade students from across Putnam County.  The theme for the 2018 poster contest is "Watersheds- Our Water, Our Home".  If your student's school is participating in this program the guidelines have been provided to the teachers.  We are really looking forward to the success of this program and can not wait to see the wonderful posters that the students in the 3rd grade classes of Putnam County will create. 

Tree and Shrub Sale

The tree and shrub sale is typically held each spring at our office but this year we have decided to move our sale to the fall. This event is a great opportunity to save money on trees and shrubs for landscaping and wildlife habitat. Proceeds from the sale help the District fund conservation education at local schools. A portion of the proceeds also goes to the Environmental Conservation Club at Tennessee Tech.

A large variety of tree and shrub products in various sizes are offered.  Varieties may include Bradford pear, dogwood, ornamental cherry, red bud, ornamental crab apple, ornamental purple leaf plum, weeping willows, ornamental peaches, river birch, oak varieties, and more.  Fruiting trees are also available and may include peach, apple, pear, and fruiting plum.  Shrubs may include Jane magnolia, forsythia, Japanese snowball, crepe myrtle, Persian lilac, and wegelia. 

Ag in the Classroom

The Putnam County Farm Bureau organizes the Ag-in-the-Classroom event each year in the spring.  This annual event brings Putnam County first graders together to experience life on the farm.  It is held each year at Hyder-Burks Pavilion with TTU students assisting in the day’s activities.  Children get to see the tractors, farm animals and participate in farming and conservation activities.  Stations are set up with agency demonstrations for students to view and learn about Dairy, Forestry, Beef, Poultry, Wildlife, Farm Equipment, and Farm Safety.  The Putnam Soil Conservation District and many other businesses have become part of the Farm Bureau team that helps make this event possible.

HYL-RC&D Regional Envirothon

The Envirothon is an annual competition that challenges high school level students to learn about various ecosystems and natural resources such as soil, water, air, plant and animal resources, and increases their awareness of our impact on the environment.

Hull-York Lakeland RC&D sponsors this annual event, which covers their 14-county area.  The Envirothon is an outdoor, hands-on competition which tests team participants’ knowledge in five categories:  1) Wildlife, 2) Forestry, 3) Aquatics, 4) Soils, and 5) an annual rotating topic. 

Environmental Awareness Day

The Putnam SCD has partnered with other conservation organizations over the past couple years and set up a station to help educate students at this annual event held at Upperman Middle School.  Students learn about watersheds through our demonstration of the Enviroscape.  The Enviroscape shows students how different things in your community impacts our water supply.  The Enviroscape has a farm, streets, a factory, storm drains, construction site, and sewage plant.   

Nature Day

The Putnam SCD has been invited over the past couple years to take part in this event with students from 3rd grade at Prescott South Elementary.  At the event they have different stations. At our station we have the Enviroscape which demonstrates watersheds and we also do an apple demonstration.  The apple is used to help students visualize our Earth.  We then take parts of the apple away and it is a different part of the Earth.   

 

 

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Our Mission

The mission of the Putnam County Soil Conservation District is to protect and conserve the natural resources of the county for landowners, land users, units of government, educators and organizations by finding and taking available technical, financial, and educational resources and making them available to our clients without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religions, age, disability, political beliefs, and marital or familial status.

Our History

The Putnam County Soil Conservation District, organized under the provisions of the Tennessee SCD Enabling Act of 1939, officially became a soil conservation district on February 19, 1941, following a referendum in which 322 landowners voted for and 16 against the organization.

 

 

The referendum was held at four polling places, namely Double Springs, Cookeville, Baxter, and Twin Oak communities....

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