Activity Photos

2016 Cheatham County Field Day, Mark Head Farm

2014 Cheatham County Soil Health Field Day, Roy Flowers Farm



TN Rural Life Days at Ellington Agriculture Museum 2014

2014 Envriomental Days

Cheatham Dam

2014 TACD Convention

Nashville, TN

2014 Five Rivers R C & D Envirothon

Sycamore High School FFA Team

Sycamore High Team pic2 Sycamore High-Soil Pit Sycamore High Team

2014 Annual Tree Give Away

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Soil Conservationist Chase Coakley shows students the animal pelts and characteristics of animals that depend on our environment.

Soil Conservationist Chase Coakley shows students the animal pelts and characteristics of animals that depend on our environment.

There’s a lot more to education than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Environmental education is a topic too seldom presented to most young people today. The annual Cheatham Dam Environmental Day is a wonderful opportunity to educate local youth on a wide range of environmental topics.  The Cheatham County Soil Conservation District gladly partnered with other groups including The Nashville Zoo, Tennessee State Parks, Project Wet, Corp. of Engineers in this event. The Soil Conservation District Employee’s Janice Weiss, Carol Edwards, and Nancy Holt along with NRCS Employee’s Chase Coakley and Wynne Luter presented a hands-on learning experience using wildlife pelts, skulls, tracks, and an aquarium full of living organisms. Conservation representatives reviewed the wildlife materials and helped youth learn specific physical and habitual characteristics associated with a variety of Tennessee wildlife. Emphasis was given to identification of venomous and non-venomous snakes. In addition to identification of many Tennessee wildlife species discussions further included the biology and physiology associated with the species. Some of the discussions included definitions of terrestrial, aquatic, and amphibious organisms. Youth visualized the metamorphosis process of tadpoles becoming frogs. Fish, crayfish, and salamanders were also viewed. The aquarium of organisms prompted discussions on the importance of water quality. Cheatham County Soil Conservation and partner groups are pleased to provide education opportunities in Cheatham County. For more information about this annual event and other conservation education opportunities please contact the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District.

article by Chase Coakley



East Cheatham Elementary students feel the different textures of the soil.

East Cheatham Elementary students feel the different textures of the soil.

The Cheatham County Soil Conservation District partnered with Ashland City Parks and Recreation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (U.S. ACE) hosted the annual Trail Education Day.  The event gives Cheatham County youth an opportunity to participate in an outdoor and hands- on learning experience focused on education and conservation of our natural resources.  Approximately 87 East Cheatham 2nd graders attended the event.  The trail day included four conservation education stops along the bicentennial trail, hay ride compliments of Ashland City Parks and Recreation and healthy snacks provided by Cheatham County Soil Conservation District and Ashland City Parks and Recreation. Stop number one was focused on water safety taught by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Stop two defined soil; conservation district representatives discussed the different properties, uses, and importance of soil. At this stop youth were able to touch different types of soil and the materials that constitute soil.  Youth were also guided on a tour through the conservation district’s “Soil Tunnel,” in which one can find all the geologic features, organisms and properties associated with soil and what lies beneath. Stop three was focused on wildlife conservation and information. Real wildlife pelts and other identification materials were used to help youth identify some of our most valued Tennessee wildlife species.  Discussions included interesting facts about wildlife and why it is so important to conserve them and the habitats they depend on. The final stop was “Soil Painting;” youth participated in an exercise in which different varieties of soil were used to paint a conservation poster. This station informed youth of the diversity of different soil types and their properties. Cheatham County Soil Conservation and partner groups are pleased to provide education opportunities in Cheatham County. For more information about this annual event and other conservation education opportunities please contact the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District.



Sycamore High's Team

Sycamore High’s Team

Sycamore High School’s FFA team competed in the Five Rivers Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D)Council’s 20th Regional Envirothon on March 21st.  They received awards in Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues.  This event was hosted by Dickson County, and held at the Dickson County Saddle and Bridle Club in Dickson.  

District Tech, Janice Weiss & Soil Conservationist, Chase Coakley

District Tech, Janice Weiss & Soil Conservationist, Chase Coakley

Envirothon Teams are tested on their knowledge of aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and one current environmental issue; this year’s issue focused on “sustainable rangeland management”.  The Envirothon is designed to promote greater awareness of our natural resources and environmental issues. 

District Conservationist, Wynne Luter guides a team

District Conservationist, Wynne Luter guides a team

The Five Rivers Envirothon in part of a competition across Tennessee to yield top teams that can then go on to compete in the State Envirothon scheduled for  May 15 and 16  at Clyde York 4-H Camp in Crossville, Tennessee.  The team who wins the state competition becomes the team to represent Tennessee in the National Envirothon.  The National Envirothon provides scholarships to winning teams totaling over 107,500.

The Five Rivers Regional Envirothon awards were presented to the top three teams. Springfield High School placed 1st coached by Anne Finley.  Rossview High School coached by Peggy Vaughn placed 2nd,  and McEwen High School coached by Glenn Ross took 3rd place.  The RC&D Council would like to extend a special thank you to the dedicated teachers making it possible for their students to participate in the Envirothon, and also for exposing them to a wide range of career choices by meeting environmental professionals who represent various branches of government and private enterprise.

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The Regional Envirothon was sponsored by the Dickson County Farm Credit, Davidson County Farm Bureau, Ashland City Parks and Recreation, Soil Conservation Districts in Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston & Humphrey’s Counties and many, many volunteers.  There were also many who volunteered their time to make this year’s Five River RC&D 20th Envirothon a success—the council would like to say thank you to everyone,  we could have never done it without you.



On March 22nd, the 2nd grade students at Davidson Academy were visited by Sammy Soil from the Conservation Service.  Sammy is a life size piece of soil that is used to express to the students how important it is to conserve our natural resources, and what happens if we don’t. DSC01846

The students enjoyed learning about conservation by making an edible soil profile, animal pelps, demonstration of how much water we have on the earth that is useable, and poultry.  DSC01835B

This afternoon of fun was provided by Janice Weiss, Cheatham County S CD along with Carol Edwards-Davidson County SCD, Debbie Rippy-Sumner County SCD & Dawn Gale-University of Tennessee.



On May 2nd, 2012, East Cheatham’s 3rd Grade Classes’ enjoyed an Educational Day at the Trail in Ashland City hosted by Cheatham County Soil Conservation District, Janice Weiss & Ashland City Parks & Recreation.  There were 83 students that attended plus about 30 parents & teachers.  The children spend their time enjoying a hay ride which took them from station to station on the trail. They learned about Soil Types with  Gene Robinson, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Water Safety with Eric, Corp of Engineers, Healthy Eating Habits with Cierra Ham & Kathy Nicholson, U.T. Extension, and Poultry with Dawn Gale & her daughter, University of Tennessee.  If you are interested in planning an  educational day contact Janice Weiss at 615-792-5161 ext.3



The Cheatham County Soil Conservation District & District Secretary/Tech, Janice Weiss in partnership with Ashland City Parks and Recreation held a conservation education day at River Bluff Park in Ashland City for about 60 East Cheatham Elem. kindergarten & first grade students.

This was a fun filled day for the students, while attending stations they were learning with animal pelps about animal life in our area; leaf & tree identification; rocks & fossils; and the life cycle of a pumpkin. Each student also got to decorated their very own pumpkin to take home with them. Tony Young and employee’s of A.C. Parks & Recreation arranged for the students to also enjoy a hay ride while attending the stations. Weiss feels that it is very important to educate our youth about all of our natural resources..educational days are a fun way to do this. You can contact Janice Weiss at 615-792-5161ext3 for information on educational days.



The Cheatham County Soil Conservation District attended the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts Summer Meeting on Thursday, July 2lst  held at Ellington Agriculture Center in Nashville.   Edwin Hogan of Pleasant View received the Category 1- Conservation Farmer of the Year for Area 6 and was also named our Divisional Winner.  Edwin received plaques & awards from Farm Credit Services of Mid-America and the Tennessee Association of Conservation Districts.   We are honored to have had the divisional winner come from Cheatham County.   Edwin received these awards for accomplishments in soil erosion reduction, improvement of water quality and control of sediment or other pollutants.  He does a great job on his farm with conserving our natural resources.



On Thursday, May 5th the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District held their Annual Field Day at Woodson Farms in Pleasant View. Woodson Farms has been in the Hogan family since 1876.

This event marked the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District’s 67th year as a Conservation District. David Shores, District Chairman welcomed approximately 63 landowners to the field day.

The day began with tours of the Best Management & Ag Enhancement practices that Edwin had installed on his farm.  Which included the following: Hay Shed, 2 Alternative Watering Systems & HUA, 2 Grassed Waterways, Limited Access Livestock Ramp, Conservation Reserve Program, and Conservation Stewardship Program.

Katie Holder, TDA, gave information on Ag Enhancement funding.  A Soil demonstration was given by Greg Brann, Grazing Land Specialist-NRCS, which let landowners actually see the amount of soil loss when they don’t use cover crops.

Following lunch the district had several important speakers. County Mayor, David McCullough reported that during the 2010 FY the Soil Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Tennessee Department of Agriculture together brought a total of $590,068.72 into the county for Conservation Cost Share Projects-which is great.

Darwin Newton, Retired Soil Scientist, spoke about the Dust Bowl and the beginning of conservation districts.  Other speakers included: Kevin Brown- State Conservationist NRCS, Wayne Pressler-TDA, and Tiffany Howard-Pick Tenn Products.

Edwin Hogan was named Cheatham County’s Conservation Farmer of the year for 2010.  Phillip Wilson, District Conservationist and Janice Weiss, District Secretary, presented Edwin Hogan with a plaque and sign to be put up on his farm. Edwin also received his 5 year service pin from the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District for his loyal service on the district board. This was actually the first time in the history of the district board that a board member has received the Conservation Fanner of the Year Award, so really a big honor for Edwin.

We really appreciate our sponsors: H & R Agri-Power, Inc, Ag Enhancement, Tn Department of Agriculture, Walker Trucking & Excavating, Robertson-Cheatham Fanners Co-op, Pleasant View Mill, Ferguson Interprise, Reeves Septic Tank Service, H. G. Hills, Farm Bureau Board of Ashland City, and Ashland City – WalMart without their help this event wouldn’t be possible. The District Board and Janice would like to thank our workers that came to help—-Nancy Holt- Robertson Co SCD, Carol Edwards~ Davidson Co. SCD & Barbara Talley-Davidson Co SCD.



Cheatham County SCD teamed up with Soil Conservation Districts across the nation to donate more than 300 books to Cheatham county school libraries.  After the 2010 May flood, Elementary schools in Cheatham county were severly damaged and lost most of the books in their school libraries.  Thanks to the efforts of Soil Conservation Districts in states across the nation, libraries will receive a large number of conservation related books for elementary aged kids, as well as other name brand classroom books.  We recognize the importance of reading and conservation for the next generation of land users!

Cheatham SCD, Janice Weiss & Robertson SCD, Nancy Holt partnered to distribute books



2008 Conservation Luncheon

April 15, 2008

Beginning Conservation Farmer of the Year Award —given to:David Young
Conservation Farmers of the Year Award  – given to:Kelly & Frank Kilgore, Kilgore Family Farm
The Soil Conservation District remembered two farmers they lost over the last year, Jimmy Maxey and Larry Hewitt.


2008 Annual Free Tree Day was held March 14th at the Soil Conservation Office in Ashland City. We gave away seedlings to approxiately 487 landowners of Cheatham County and seedlings were also delivered to West Cheatham , Pleasant View & East Cheatham Elem.Schools.


Janice Weiss, District Technician also visited The Village Preschool in Pleasant View where the 3 year old  classes were given seedlings & educated on how the dirty roots hanging down from them bring water & food to them which makes them grow big..


This event is held each year in recognition of Arbor Day. This give-a-way is a partnership effort made possible through funding from the Cheatham County Soil Conservation District, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Ashland City Parks and Recreation Department. Washington Hawthorne, Southern Red Oak & Eastern White Pine were given away this year.


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