Educational Programs

Cabarrus Soil & Water Conservation District provides various educational programs:

Career Fairs

Provides a resource table on "green collar" careers and counsels high schools students on employment opportunities in natural resources conservation.

Agribusiness, Conservation & Environmental Science School Days

Begun in 1967, the program is currently integrated into the Agribusiness, Conservation and Environmental Science School Days during the Cabarrus County Fair. This collaborative effort instructs sixth grade students on natural resources. Five field stations - aquatics, current environmental issues, forestry, soils, and wildlife are set up by environmental educators and natural resource managers. These topics are identical to Envirothon topics and are correlated to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's Standard Course of Study. Conservation field days provides middle school students with background information for essay, poster, and public speaking contests and introduce them to "green collar" careers.

Environmental Education for Educators

Cabarrus Soil and Water Conservation District facilitates and/or schedules environmental education workshops for formal and non-formal educators, including but not limited to, Leopold Education Project, Project Food, Land and People, Project Learning Tree, Planning of Wetlands (POW), Wonder of Wetlands (WOW), Project WILD, and Project WET. All professional development opportunities provided by the conservation district are coordinated with the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification Program, which is administered through the Office of Environmental Education. Environmental Educators of North Carolina, an affiliate of the North American Association for Environmental Education, provides career development opportunities. Resources for Educators

Land Judging Career Development Event

Land judging is an educational tool for learning about and evaluating the properties and uses of soils. These properties are very significant in making decisions about the capabilities and limitations of soils for agricultural and urban uses. This contest is sponsored by the Goldmine FFA Federation. Conservation districts in Cabarrus, Rowan and Stanly counties take turns hosting this contest. Teams from high schools in these counties are coached by vocational agriculture teachers. The top two teams advance to compete in the state contest.

Stewardship Week

Held each year during the week that falls between the last Sunday in April and the first week in May. During this week The National Association of Conservation Districts' Stewardship Advisory Committee develops an annual Soil and Water Stewardship observance as a public outreach activity for member conservation districts. Each year a new theme and materials are developed to help awaken in all Americans a remembrance of their responsibility to be thoughtful stewards of our nation's precious natural resources.

Sample educational material packets distributed to local public and private schools include activity booklets, along with a bookmark, educator's guide and a poster. The annual conservation district recognition banquet is held during this week. For more information on Soil and Water Stewardship and a preview of future themes, visit www.nacdnet.org.

Teacher of the Year

The Conservation Education Teacher of the Year Award is a national event designed to recognize educators for creating innovative activities reaching students and a variety of other audiences. Teachers are encouraged to create an awareness and appreciation of the value of conservation education and to advance the proper management, protection and enhancement of the nation's soil, water and related natural resources. There are two teacher of the year categories: elementary (grades K - 6) and secondary (grades 7 - 12). All teachers in public, private and parochial schools in the United States and its territories are eligible to participate in the program. The winning elementary and secondary teacher each receive a plaque and a $200 cash award for professional development and/or the purchase of resources to enhance environmental education.