2020 Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW)

The Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW) is an excellent opportunity for you to spend a week in the field learning about our natural resources and their management in today's environment, meet and receive guidance from natural resource professionals, win cash awards and scholarship money, and so much more!

RCW involves study and hands on participation in the following subjects:

  • Soil characteristics and soil conservation
  • Wildlife and fisheries management
  • Forest management
  • Nonagricultural uses for soils
  • Water quality and watershed management

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The dates for 2020 RCW will be June 21-26. Wilkes SWCD is accepting applications now till April 27, 2020.

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Once your application is complete you can submit via any of the following options:

  • E-mail to Education Specialist-Julia Hardy
  • Mail to Wilkes SWCD, Attn: Julia Hardy, 416 Executive Dr. Ste. A, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
  • Hand deliver to Wilkes SWCD office located at 416 Executive Dr. Ste. A, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

If you have any questions please give our office a call 336-838-3622 ext. 112 or send an e-mail to, Education Specialist-Julia Hardy.

RCW Awards

S. Grady Lane Award: Amount of Award: $100 cash and $1,000 college scholarship*

The prestigious S. Grady Lane Award is the grand prize of the Resource Conservation Workshop. Each Counselor selects a student who is then interviewed by a panel and a winner is selected. Selected criteria include academic test score of 75th percentile or higher, counselor evaluation of student’s high moral character and studious habits, financial need, and judging interview results.

Conservation District Employees’ Association Award: Amount of Award: $1,000.00 college scholarship*.

This award is sponsored by the NC Conservation District Employee’s Association.

Five other RCW Awards are presented. Winners are selected using academic scores (including the tie-breaker question.)

  • 1st Place: Amount of Award: $100 cash and $500 college scholarship*
  • 2nd Place: Amount of Award: $100 cash and $275 college scholarship*
  • 3rd Place: Amount of Award: $100 cash
  • 4th Place: Amount of Award: $75 cash
  • 5th Place: Amount of Award: $50 cash

*Please note that scholarship funds are received when the student enrolls in college, and must be claimed within 5-years of the award date.