We offer an expanding array of conservation education programs throughout Miami County and the Hillsdale Lake Watershed.

Topics available for grades 5-12 include:

“We should not forget that it will be just as important to our descendants to be prosperous in their time as it is to us to be prosperous in our time.”

Theodore Roosevelt


Districts are nearly always co-located with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in USDA field offices, a mutually beneficial partnership. Each of the 105 conservation districts in the state of Kansas are governed by a locally-elected Board of Supervisors. 

The MCCD Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month, where they establish local priorities, set policy, and administer non-regulatory conservation programs. The Supervisors are not paid a salary – they all generously volunteer their time and dedication to the many special events that the District sponsors and to the protection of our natural resources. 

An annual meeting is held each January to provide full disclosure of MCCD activities/accomplishments and financial affairs, as well as hold an election of supervisors whose terms have expired. This event also provides the District with an opportunity to promote conservation ethics, make community contacts, obtain feedback/suggestions from the community, present awards, and publicize the District’s programs and services.    


Lyle Wobker

Chair (Paola)

Jerod Ryckert

Vice-Chair (Paola)

Merle Kaiser

Treasurer (Paola)

Pansy Bigley

Member (Paola)

Mike Guetterman

Member (Bucyrus)


Lesley Rigney

District Manager

Shay Hanysak

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Susie Atkins

Watershed Educator

Cheryl Reynolds

Office Assistant


Bob Allen, NRCS Conservation Technician (Osawatomie)

Tim McCoy, NRSC Soil Conservationist (Overland Park)

Jeff Davidson, K-State Watershed Specialist (Eureka)