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2023 Scholarship Program

The Bent Conservation District strives to recognize outstanding student leadership, community services, and to promote participation in agriculture related fields.

The 2023 Scholarship application is now open.  If you are a senior in high school going into an agriculture field of study then please make sure you apply.  The instructions as well as the application can be found on the buttons below.  The deadline to turn in application either by email:, in-person or mail to: Bent Conservation District, 760 Bent Ave, Las Animas, CO 81054 and needs to be in our hands by 3:00 p.m. May 4, 2023.  Recipients will be notified on May 11, 2023.

Pictured is Caden Morlan holding his certificate from the Bent Conservation District for being the 2022 scholarship recipient.  

Afternoon Light

 Poster Contest

Each year, we hold a poster contest for area students. The top three posters from each school are awarded money from the Bent Conservation District. 

Congratulations to our Poster winners! 

2022 Poster Contest Theme

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Las Animas Elementary 5th Grade Winners

In order from left to right:

1st Place receiving $50- Jo'Aubrey Fernandez, 2nd Place receiving $30- Kadence Miller, 3rd Place receiving $20- Isabella Nevland

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McClave Elementary 5th Grade Winners

In order from left to right:

3rd Place receiving $20-Lacy Jones, 2nd Place receiving $30- Everly Homm, 1st Place receiving $50- Presley Vallejos

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1st Place Poster

1st Place Poster

2nd Place Poster

2nd Place Poster

3rd Place Poster

3rd Place Poster

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National Stewardship Week-
April 24th thru May 1st 2022

Bent Conservation District celebrated National Stewardship Week by going to the local elementary school classrooms.  Kindergarten and First grade students from McClave Elementary and Kindergarten students from Las Animas Elementary schools listened to a couple of stories about seeds turning into plants. The students were then given pots, soil and seeds to plant and watch grow into flowers.  Students were also able to "dig" into a special treat of dirt and worms (chocolate sandwich cookies, chocolate pudding and gummy worms, that is).  


Pictured below are Kindergarten and First grade students from McClave Elementary School planting seeds.


Camp Rocky 2022

Every year the board supports and promotes area youth to attend Camp Rocky.  Bent CD awards Camp Rocky Scholarships in May/June and the camp is held in July.   This year's dates were  July 10-15th 2022.

This year the district sent two individuals to Camp Rocky, Cooper and Blake Elam.  They enjoyed their week learning about conservation.   They participated in various activities and also were able to focus on one area they chose.  Both chose range management. The camp had 31 participants from all over the state.

Be sure to contact the office for Scholarship information.  The board awards partial and full scholarships to attend Camp Rocky.  Next year's dates are set July 9th through the 14th. 


2022 Camp Rocky students and staff

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The two attendees that the district sponsored this year: Blake and Cooper Elam

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