Conservation on the Ground - Phenix City Field Office Participates in Teacher Training Day By Cherry Littleton, District Administrative Coordinator, Russell County The Phenix City Field Office participated in an in-service day of conservation education training for educators of the Russell County School System. The event took place on September 29 at the Patterson Plantation, a 2000-acre Russell County tree farm. The objectives of the training were two-fold: • To give teachers hands-on experience with conservation education • To provide material for their use in the classroom. Seventy-nine educators participated in the event. Activities of the day centered around three topics: Project Learning Tree, Project Wild, and Water Quality. The Russell County Field Office John Curtis, District Conservationist, Russell County staff participated in the Water (center), gives educators hands-on experience with Quality segment. They used the conservation education tools. The water quality model Enviroscape to illustrate the illustrates the affects of pollutants. affects of pollutants. John Curtis, district conservationist says, “Conservation education is an important aspect of the Russell County Soil and Water Conservation District program. We are glad to share our time and expertise with teachers. We invite them to take advantage of the conservation education materials offered by the district.” The teachers received numerous teaching aids and learned about educational opportunities available to them through local and state resources. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternate means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.