District K-12 Educational Programming

Investigating SoilMeaningful Watershed Educational Experience

The MWEE (pronounced "me-we") is the cornerstone of student environmental education about and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, connecting standards-based classroom learning with outdoor field investigations to create a deeper understanding of the natural environment. The District hosts a local MWEE Field Day for Hanover and Caroline 6th graders each April at the Virginia Public Safety Training Center in Hanover. For more information about H-C SWCD's MWEE or how to join our great MWEE volunteer team, please contact the District education specialist, Karen Fetty.

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Envirothon

Envirothon is a field-oriented, community-based, natural resources competition for teams of high school students who compete at the district, area, state, and national levels. Students learn stewardship and management concepts and work with natural resource professionals to solve real-world environmental problems. For more information about Envirothon or how to volunteer with a team, please contact the District education specialist, Karen Fetty.

2018 YCC canoes2018 YCC 4guysYouth Conservation Camp

The District sponsors* up to five high school students from Hanover and Caroline counties for this amazing, action-packed, week-long summer conservation camp on the campus of Virginia Tech each July. YCC alumni report the experience as "life-changing." 

Applications for YCC 2020 will be available on our Forms and Publications page in January.

*District YCC sponsorship includes full cost of registration for each camper selected. Transportation to and from Virginia Tech remains the responsibility of the camper.

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Student Scholarships 

The Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District annually awards  three $5000 academic scholarships to area high school seniors pursuing a career in the natural resources field. Applications for 2020 H-C SWCD Scholarships are due by February 28, 2020 and may be downloaded on the Forms and Publications page.

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute (YCLI) is an intensive, individually-planned program for high school students interested in advanced environmental conservation and stewardship. Often following attendance at Youth Conservation Camp, YCLI offers motivated students opportunities to build leadership skills and connect with local mentors on a locally-relevant projects. Students interested in submitting a YCLI proposal should contact the District education specialist, Karen Fetty for more information.

 

Teacher & MWEE Educator Resources

Environmental education resources are made available to public, private, and homeschool educators in Hanover and Caroline Counties. Click here to see a list of available resources on our Educator Resources page. To suggest or request resources not currently available, contact the District education specialist, Karen Fetty.

 

Youth Conservation Camp

 A week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students on the campus of Virginia Tech each July. The District sponsors up to five students from Hanover and Caroline counties each year.  Applications for YCC 2020 will be available on our Forms and Publications page in January.

Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience - The MWEE (pronounced "me-we") is the cornerstone of student environmental education about and in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, connecting standards-based classroom learning with outdoor field investigations to create a deeper understanding of the natural environment. The District hosts a local MWEE Field Day for Hanover and Caroline 6th graders each April at the Virginia Public Safety Training Center in Hanover. For more information about H-C SWCD's MWEE or how to join our great MWEE volunteer team, please contact the District education specialist, Karen Fetty.

Envirothon - The Virginia Envirothon is a team based natural resources competition for high school students.  Students who participate learn stewardship and management concepts  and work to solve real world environmental problems.  The program is field-oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.

Youth Conservation Camp -  A week-long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students on the campus of Virginia Tech each July. The District sponsors up to five students from Hanover and Caroline counties each year.  Applications for YCC 2020 will be available on our Forms and Publications page in January.

Youth Conservation Leadership Institute - Youth Conservation Leadership Institute(YCLI) is an intensive, individually-planned program for high school students interested in advanced environmental conservation and stewardship, offering opportunities to build leadership skills and connect with local mentors on a locally-relevant project. Students interested in submitting a YCLI proposal should contact the District education specialist, Karen Fetty for more information.

Poster Contest - The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. The 2020 Poster Contest theme will be, "Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?" Poster submission deadlines, additional resources, and applications will be available in early 2020. Poster paper is available at the District office. For more information, contact District education specialist, Karen Fetty.

Student Scholarships - The Hanover-Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District annually awards  three $5000 academic scholarships to area high school seniors pursuing a career in the natural resources field. Applications for 2020 H-C SWCD Scholarships are due by February 28, 2020 and may be downloaded on the Forms and Publications page.

Educator Resources are made available to public, private, and homeschool educators in Hanover and Caroline Counties. To see a list of available resources visit the Educator Resources page.