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Conservation Education: Be in the Know

All things Soil and Water Conservation Education can be found here, whether you are a student, teacher, or homeschool. Information regarding our Education programs, events, contests, and questions you want answered.

2019-2020 Education Calendar

Julia Friday April 12, 2019
Wilkes Soil & Water Conservation District
Education Calendar
2019-2020
Theme for the Year: “Wetlands are Wonderful”


July 2019: Open for Scheduling

August 2019: Open for Scheduling

September 2019:
16th–20th    5th Grade Conservation Fall Field Days at Edwin McGee Natural Resource Center

October 2019: Open for Scheduling

November 2019: Open for Scheduling
4th    5th Grade Contest Posters are Due to Office

December 2019: Open for Scheduling

January 2020: Open for Scheduling
24th    Envirothon Team Sign-up Deadline

February 2020:
3rd    6th Grade Contest Essays are Due to Office
    9th Grade Contest Computer Posters are Due to Office

7th    6th Grade Contest Slideshows are Due to Office
    7th Grade Contest Speech Participant Names/Info are Due to Office
    8th Grade Contest Speech Participant Names/Info are Due to Office

11th    6th Slideshow, 7th Speech, & 8th Speech Contest Night 6:00pm at Edwin McGee Natural Resource Center

March 2020: 
5th    Contest Education Awards Banquet

April 2020: Open for Scheduling
27th    Resource Conservation Workshop Applicant Deadline (Rising High School Juniors and Seniors)

May 2020: Open for Scheduling

June 2020: Open for Scheduling 

Please contact us if:

  • You have a Career Day or want us to visit your classroom to discuss career paths
  • Want us to visit your class to do any lessons or activities that correlate with your curriculum
  • Interested in Envirothon for your middle or high school students
  • Interested in Resource Conservation Workshop for your rising high school juniors and seniors

Envirothon...What?

Julia Wednesday October 24, 2018

Northwest Envirothon and NC Envirothon

The NC Envirothon is an annual competition for high school and middle school students. The program consists of one-day area competitions (Wilkes County is part of the Northwest Envirothon) held in March or early April and a two-day state competition held in late April or early May. The number of teams participating at area competitions is unlimited. The top seven (7) scoring teams in each area, plus the top scoring FFA team, compete at the state competition to represent NC at the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon, a 5-day competition held in July or August. The NCF Envirothon hosts teams from participating states and Canadian provinces who have won their state or provincial event. Teams at the NCF Envirothon compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.

Team Registration deadline is Feb. 1st, 2019.

Northwest Envirothon will be held at the Edwin McGee Natural Resource Center (928 Fairplains Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659) on March 26th, 2019, inclement weather make-up date April 11th, 2019.

NC Envirothon will be held on May 3rd and 4th, 2019, at Cedarock Park (4242 R Dean Coleman Rd, Burlington, NC 27215). 

 

Station Training and Testing

At the NC Envirothon, teams are evaluated on their performance at each of the following training/testing stations: Soils/Land Use, Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Wildlife and Current Environmental Issues. The resource materials for each testing station are developed by resource professionals with expertise in forestry, wildlife, soils, water and current environmental issues.

Each team is subject to a 25-minute written test overseen by cooperating agencies and/or independent environmental professional at each station. 

 

Oral Presentations (High School teams only)

Being able to orally communicate natural resource material is crucial in addressing environmental problems/issues, particularly in situations where collaborative efforts are required to develop practical solutions and effect change. The NC Envirothon strives to challenge and promote the development of oral communication skills in each student participant, which is why the oral presentation is included at the state competition.Teams will receive and have 65 mins to prepare their solution to the problem on Day One (1) of the NC Envirothon competition. Oral presentations are conducted in front of a panel of 5 judges. Each team has 10 minutes to deliver their presentation to the panel of judges followed by a three-minute question and answer period. Each team receives a score that represents the average of the judge's scores and is based on the overall quality of their presentation, their preparation and presentation of a plan, and their application of relevant data to the resource issue/problem (see Judges' Scoring). All team members must participate equally in the presentation.One of the best ways to prepare for a competition is to increase your understanding of the judging criteria. The score sheet used at the NC Envirothon is used to evaluate each team's performance in the Oral Presentation and can be used as a guide in preparing teams for the oral presentation at the state competition. 

 

For more NC Envirothon information and study resources click here.

For NW Envirothon manual and questions click here.

 

Team Registration deadline is Feb. 1st, 2019

Northwest Envirothon will be held at the Edwin McGee Natural Resource Center (928 Fairplains Rd, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659) on March 26th, 2019, inclement weather make-up date April 11th, 2019.

NC Envirothon will be held on May 3rd and 4th, 2019, at Cedarock Park (4242 R Dean Coleman Rd, Burlington, NC 27215). 

Please contact us if you would like to register a team for competition.
 

2018-2019 Education Contests

Julia Wednesday October 3, 2018

For the 2018-2019 school year we have the opportunity for all Wilkes County students 5th-9th grades to participate in our Soil & Water Conservation contests as follows:

GradeContestDeadline
5thPoster10/26/2018
6thEssay02/04/2019
6thComputer Slideshow02/7/2019 Due to Office, 02/12/2019 Competion Night
7thSpeech02/7/2019 Names Due to Office, 02/12/2019 Competion Night
8thSpeech02/7/2019 Names Due to Office, 02/12/2019 Competion Night
9thComputer Poster02/7/2019 Due to Office, 02/12/2019 Competion Night

Each school will need to submit the top 3 students in each category to our office by close of business on the deadline date. For homeschoolers, all students will need to be submitted to our office the week prior to the deadline, so we can have a panel to select the top 3 of each category to be selected as the school winners.

The 6th grade Slideshow, 7th and 8th grade Speeches, and 9th grade Computer Poster contest night of the school winners will be held at the Edwin H. McGee Natural Resource Center (928 Fairplains Rd, N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659), 6:30pm on Feb. 12, 2019.

Students that participate can win cash prizes, if they are a school winner or 1st-4th place winner.


Place

Prize

School Winner

T-Shirt + $25

4th

School Winner Prize + $25

3rd

School Winner Prize + $50

2nd

School Winner Prize + $100

1st

School Winner Prize + $150

Once all winners have been selected we will hold an Award’s Banquet at the Edwin H. McGee Natural Resource Center (928 Fairplains Rd, N. Wilkesboro, NC 28659), 6:30pm on March 7th, 2019, to recognize these students hard work.

For the different Contest Rules or to ask questions click here.