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About Us!

The Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District is a legally organized subdivision of the State of Ohio assigned under law to the task of protecting and improving the soil, water, and related natural resources of Morrow County. The district is a three person staffed, government organization supervised by a five member, non-paid, elected board.

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Headwaters Outdoor Education Center

Headwaters Outdoor Education Center is located on 150 acres of county owned property just north of the sheriff's office on Home road in Mount Gilead. The education center has been maintained and operated by the Morrow County Soil and Water Conservation District since 1999! Throughout the year free monthly outdoor education programs are held at the education center. Volunteers also hold multiple children education programs throughout the year!

With 3 miles of maintained hiking trails and a pond open everyday from dawn to dusk there truly is something for everyone at Headwaters!  

Be sure to follow us on facebook to stay up to date on all our events!

The Latest News!

Election Results

 At the 73rd Annual Morrow Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting and Banquet on December 3rd, 2022, held an election for two seats on the Board of Supervisors. Congratulations to Lee Rhea and Nate Mosher for winning the two seats. Their term will begin on January 1, 2023 and will serve for three years.

OUR OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON February 20th in honor of Presidents Day.

1st Event for 2023 at Headwaters:

Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 P.M

Scat & Track/Ground Hog/Christmas Tree Habitat

Join us for a fun afternoon tracking animals, learning about "Big G" and seeing our "Christmas Tree Habitat" and helping you make your own.

Headwaters Outdoor Education Center

151 Home Rd. (Co.Rd. 76)

Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338

       Storybook Trail

The Storybook Trail is now open and ready for a great time to read a book as you hike along the paths of Headwaters Outdoor Education Center. Take advantage of this great resource made available in conjunction with the Mt. Gilead Public Library. Hope to see you out there.

2023 Tentative Schedule For

Headwaters Outdoor Education Center

January 29th- Sunday 2pm-Ground Hog/Scat &Track/Christmas Tree Habitat

February- TBA- 2pm- Personal Solar Power

March-19th- 2pm- Arrow Heads and Primitive tools

April 13th- Thursday 6pm- Learning about different Fungi

May 20th, Saturday - Ian Adams presents a Photography Workshop- time- TBA

June - TBA- Sunday, 2pm - Backyard Bird Gardening

July 15th, Saturday - 7:30pm Family Outdoor Movie Night, Stargazing and campfire.

*****August 27th - September 4th- Visit HOEC at the Morrow County Fair! ***

September 24th - Sunday - 2pm- Johnny Appleseed- "Apples for All" Apple desert contest.

October TBA- Sunday 2pm- Raising Pheasants and Quail

November 5th - Sunday 2-4pm - Holiday "Make It -Take It for the family.

**WEE Discover Pre-school Program begins April 6th - May 25th, 10:15am - 11:30am or 12:45pm - 2:00pm. 

Please call our office to begin Spring 2023 registration.

Check out the "Programs and Events Tab" above to find some great programs we are Planning for the year at Headwaters Outdoor Education Center!

(Some dates may be tentative so make sure to like our Facebook Page for the most up-to-date Events throughout the year!)

2023 Board Meetings

The Morrow SWCD will meet the first Wednesday of every month. These meetings are held at the Ag Credit Community Room located at 5362 US Highway 42, Suite 201, Mount Gilead, beginning at 8:00 p.m. All meetings are open to the public. Our September meeting will be held at Headwaters Outdoor Education Center, at 151 Home Rd., Mt. Gilead.  Anyone wishing to be notified of special meetings or changes in dates, times, or locations of regular meetings should call the SWCD Office at: 419-946-7923. 

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Office location: 5362 US Highway 42

Mt Gilead, Ohio 43338

Suite 201

Office Hours are Mon.- Fri. 8:00a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Office Phone: 419-946-7923


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