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.  

Due to COVID-19, For 2021 VASWCD is partnering with the VA Dept. of Forestry to offer Virginia Academy of Natural Resources (VANR) for current 8th -12th graders (in lieu of YCC). This camp will be held virtually, where campers will attend virtually live presentations in the morning and have exploration assignments in the afternoon. The VANR starts Monday July 12th- Friday July 16th, 2021Click here to apply for the Virginia Academy of Natural Resources by May 15th, 2021. 

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 2021 theme is "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities."   Poster paper is available at no coast 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. The District's 2021 scholarships have been awarded. Applications for 2022 scholarships will be available October, 2021 on the Forms and Publications page.

Educational Resources are available to public, private, and home school educators in Hanover and Caroline Counties. To see a list of available resources visit the Educator Resources and Student Resources pages.