What is the Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive (SEFTI)?

SEFTI is an incentive program to promote water conservation education in Elkhart County made possible by the stormwater fee collected in unincorporated Elkhart County, the City of Elkhart, the City of Goshen, and the Town of Bristol and administered by the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership. The program pays for transportation costs for field trips to approved sites where students will learn about water resources within Elkhart County. Any teacher, administrator, or educator from an accredited K-12 school in Elkhart County is encouraged to apply.

Click Here for the Approved Field Trips List

SEFTI Field Trip Application PDF

For teachers

The first step is to choose a field trip site. You will then schedule the field trip with the site host. Then fill out the application above and send it to Elkhart County SWCD for approval. Once approved, you’ll receive a letter stating that we’ll be responsible for the cost of transportation to your field trip. Submit your approval letter when you schedule your transportation (as normal) and your transportation office will bill us directly for the cost.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If you know of a field trip within Elkhart County that you think should be approved, let us know and we’ll check if it qualifies.

For transportation offices

Field trips included in the Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive will have a corresponding approval letter with their transportation request. After receiving an approval letter with a transportation request, please send the invoice directly to the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District for payment.

For site hosts

If you regularly hold field trips, believe your field trips fit within the scope of water related topics covered by the Stormwater Education Field Trip Incentive, and would like to be included on the approved field trip site list, please contact the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District.