If you are interested in any of these programs, contact our office at 704-920-3331.
Soil and Water Conservation offers many educational programs including:
Additional programs include:
Provides a resource table on "green collar" careers and counsels high schools students on employment opportunities in natural resources conservation.
Agribusiness & Conservation Field Days
Begun in 1967, this program is currently integrated into the Agribusiness & Conservation Field 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 NC 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 while introducing 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 district are coordinated with the NC Environmental Education Certification program, which is administered through the office of Environmental Education. Environmental Educators of NC, an affiliate of the N. American Association for Environmental Education, provides additional career development opportunities.
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.
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 US 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.