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Agriculture Conservation Education

Students with livestock are invited to participate in the Ag Conservation Education (ACE) program. By participating in ACE, students learn techniques for managing manure and mud and receive a tarp for covering manure. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate that can be listed on their resume, record books, and award applications. There is no cost to participate in ACE.

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CLEAR Grants

The project or event must advance the mission of the Marion SWCD “to protect, conserve and improve the quality of soil, air and water in Marion County” and must address one or more of the following: Water Quality & Conservation, Soil Quality & Conservation, and/or Sustainable Land Use.

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Program Bins

Marion SWCD has an extensive list of educational kits you can borrow for up to two weeks. Kits include lesson plans, materials and supplies you need to bring environmental education to life for your students. Lesson plans are available in English and in Spanish.

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Salmon Watch

Salmon Watch is a hands-on, science-based streamside program for (mostly) middle and high school students to learn about salmon biology and watershed ecology.

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Stan Vistica Memorial Scholarship

Marion SWCD offers a $2000 scholarship each year, renewable for a second year at $1000 for students who graduated from a high school in Marion County and attending an Oregon college or university.


  • Graduates (including GED recipients and home-schooled graduates) of Marion County high schools
  • Residence (county): Marion County
  • Major: Natural resources (agriculture, animal science, environmental science, forestry, natural resources, wildlife, or other related fields of study)
  • Colleges: Oregon only
  • Enrollment: Full-time enrollment required
  • FAFSA: Required – based on financial need
  • Automatically renewable for one additional year if renewal criteria met (reduced award second year)
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