Environmental Field Days
Vance Soil and Water Conservation District holds a 2 day event each year at Satterwhite Point Recreation Center, located on Kerr Lake. This is a fun filled event allowing all fifth graders in Vance County to learn more about the environment and the importance of preserving natural resources. The trail is lined with stations and students crowding at each one to see examples of the earth around them. Stations may vary each year, but some examples are: State park rangers with Kerr Lake wildlife, NC Cooperative Extension with soil sampling and testing, National Resource Conservation Service with water pollution, North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission with wildlife of North Carolina, North Carolina Forestry Service with forest education, and inevitably a snack station provided by Vance Soil and Water Conservation District.
The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors a poster contest at District, Area and State levels to provide students an opportunity to become aware of and share their concerns for soil and water conservation through poster art. Vance County’s fifth graders are eligible to participate in our annual district poster contest. The county winner may go on to compete at area and state levels. A set of five themes have been selected and adopted by the Association. The themes are Wetlands are Wonderful, We all live in a Watershed, Soil & Water…Yours for Life, Water…the Cycle of Life, and The Living Soil. These themes rotate on a yearly basis. Each school will be awarded with first, second and third place winners. One first place winner will be the county winner. Cash prizes are awarded as follows: 1st place – $25, 2nd place – $15 and 3rd place – $10. The county winner wins a bike and helmet, in addition to the $25.
The Envirothon program is a hands-on environmental science and natural resources competition for middle school and high school students. Five member teams of students complete training and testing in 5 subject areas: Aquatics, Soils, Wildlife, Forestry and Current Environmental Issues. Any public school, private school, homeschool group, scout group or 4-H club can participate. The middle school level is grades 5-8 and the high school level is grades 9-12. For further information, please feel free to contact our office at (252)438-5727 and/or visit NC Area IV Envirothon .
NCDA&CS Resource Conservation Workshop
The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong workshop for high school students and involves study and hands on participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Entrants must have demonstrated an interest in natural resource conservation and be nominated by their local soil and water conservation district to attend. Students are housed at NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. For further information, click here .