Environmental Education

STUDENT PROGRAMS

NC CoastalEnvirothon2020LogoNoDateCoastal Envirothon-March 17, 2020 

The Envirothon program is a competitive event for five member high school and middle school teams to compete in a natural resources knowledge and ecology field day against other high school and middle school teams. It stimulates, reinforces and enhances students’ interest in the environment and our state’s natural resources. The NC Coastal Envirothon will be carried out on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Weyerhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Education Center.

The NC Coastal Envirothon is a qualifying event for the state Envirothon competition; the NC Coastal Envirothon is held annually at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center.  It allows teams from Area 5 and Area 6 (Participating Counties include: Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Gates, Greene, Hertford, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Tyrell, Washington, Wayne) to compete against one another to win a spot at the N.C. State Envirothon held in Burlington, N.C. in April 24-25, 2020.

Please visit NC Coastal Envirothon for additional information and resources for your teams to study. Registration for teams will close February 21, 2020. Please CLICK HERE to register your team.

2019 Middle School Champions: The Oakwood School

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"Wetlands are Wonderful" 4th Grade Poster Contest

Deadline: February 14, 2020Wetlands_Turtles20

A poster contest that challenges 4th grade students to artistically illustrate their science knowledge on the urban water cycle, soil & water conservation, wetlands, groundwater, storm water or watershed management. First place winner will receive $100 and the second place winner will walk away with $50. Scroll down to "Additional Information" for contest rules and information.

NC Resource Conservation Workshop, June 21-26, 2020

*Scholarship available for student delegate*

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. 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:

Group_WhatWillTheLandSupportTeacher 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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