Cullman County USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District recently held their annual teacher workshop. This was the District’s sixteenth year to hold a teacher workshop and the sixth for a three-day workshop.
The workshop is held each year to provide local educators with teaching ideas on the environment and conservation. The theme for the workshop this year was “Soil to Spoon.” The workshop was free to all participants. Approximately 30 local teachers from Cullman and surrounding counties attended the workshop.
In addition to indoor presentations, the educators took a field trip to the Water Works Environmental Education Center in Hartselle. What was Hartselle’s old water treatment plant is now an educational center focusing on green development, watershed management and the importance of wetlands. Water Works features an educational laboratory, a green roof, a solar-powered energy and hot water system, natural wetlands that treat water from Flint Creek, and constructed wetlands that help treat sewage from the facility. The center is available for adult and student groups to see first hand what it means to be “green.”
Presenters were from Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Alabama Wildlife Federation, Alabama’s Mountains, Rivers and Valleys Resource Conservation and Development, Ag in the Classroom, Cullman County Soil and Water Conservation District and Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District.