Environmental Education


Envirothon:  An academic competition that challenges 5-member middle (5-8) and high school teams (9-12) on their knowledge in five natural resource areas:  soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, and current environmental issues.  A great way to strengthen students’ naturalist intelligence!

Resource Conservation Workshop:  A week-long summer "Conservation Camp" at NCSU that covers natural resources management for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Each year in March, Wake District awards one or more full scholarships to Pitt County students!

Conservation Poster Contest:  A poster contest that challenges 4th grade and 5th grade students to artistically illustrate their science knowledge on the urban water cycle, soil & water conservation, wetlands, groundwater, stormwater or watershed management.  Prizes include ribbons, certificates, and cash awards!

NC Resource Conservation Workshop

NEWS: PSWCD Board Awards 2019 Resource Conservation Workshop Scholarship (READ HERE)

A week-long camp for high school students interested in conservation and natural resources. Students will spend the week at NCSU learning about a wide range of conservation areas of study for college and careers for after graduation. *Scholarships available for student delegates* For information on the RCW and an application to be a student delegate from Pitt County, please click on the link below;

In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to meet the primary objective of the workshop – learning about natural resources and their management in today’s global environment. Awards and scholarships can be won and are presented to the students under several awards programs.

Adult Education Resources and Programs:

Teacher Workshops: Professional development workshops that train educators, youth leaders and other adults in environmental education curricula such as Project Food, Land & People, Project WET, WOW – Wonders of Wetlands, and others.  Education credit available!

Teacher of the Year Award: In recognition of outstanding conservation educator in Pitt County. Open to all Elementary, Middle and High School teachers in Pitt County who have incorporated conservation and environmental education into their classroom curriculum. Nominate yourself or an outstanding teacher you know. Applications are due to the Pitt SWCD. For complete rules and application please click the below link.

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award application (updated application in progress)

Auxiliary Grants:  Grants up to $500 for environmental education projects from the NC Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts.  One grant per year will be awarded. Click Auxiliary Grant for a copy of the application. Applications due Dec. 1st!

Conservation Awards: The District recognizes outstanding Pitt County citizens with the following awards:

  • Pitt County Farm Family of the Year Award

Outdoor Environmental Learning Center Grants:  Cost-share grants awarded by the NC Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation.  OELC grants require a 50% cost-share match on projects that build outdoor classroom infrastructure such as seating, amphitheater, nature trail, raised garden beds, etc.

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