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Conservation Education

Conservation Education


Conservation Contests

Union County Soil and Water Conservation District annually administers education contests for 3rd to 8th-grade students on topics such as soil, wetlands, and watersheds. The 2021 Theme is “We All Live in a Watershed.” Entry Deadline: January 29, 2021

For K-2nd grade students, the district also offers an annual bookmark contest. Click here for more information. Entry Deadline: January 29, 2021

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Classroom and After-school Programs

Classroom programs are offered free of charge for students and teachers in public, private, and alternative schools. Click here for more information on available programs.

Interdisciplinary and customizable programs are available upon request.

In addition to classroom programming, Union County Soil and Water Conservation District also offers activities and presentations for after-school programs and camps on natural resource topics of your choice.

Click here to request a program.

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Envirothon logoEnvirothon

Envirothon is the largest environmental science competition in North America and encourages students to learn about conservation topics ranging from current environmental issues to tree identification. Students compete at the middle and high school levels in teams of five from public, private, or home schools as well as FFA or 4-H groups. UC Soil and Water provide support to teams and their advisors as needed, primarily through hands-on training. Click here for more information about NC Envirothon and the curriculum.

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Resource Conservation Workshop

The RCW is an excellent opportunity for rising High School Juniors and Seniors to spend a week in the field learning about our natural resources and their management in today's environment, meet and receive guidance from natural resource professionals, win cash awards and scholarship money, and so much more!

Each year Union County’s Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors selects and sponsors two high school students to attend. To apply for sponsorship, students must submit an application and complete a 250 essay on their interest in conservation. Click here to learn more about the Resource Conservation Workshop program.

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Professional Development

Union County Soil and Water Conservation District trains educators in a variety of Profession Development Courses including:

  • Project Learning Tree
  • Project Food, Land, and People
  • Leopold Education Project
  • NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence
  • Project WET

These programs can provide both CEU credits as well as Environmental Education Certification credits.

Request a workshop for your educators today!

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