District K-12 Educational Programming

Investigating Soil

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.  NOTICE: 2020 YCC has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Applications for 2021 YCC 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.