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Education & Outreach

Halifax County residents, please contact the Halifax SWCD office for more information about any of the opportunities below.

Classroom Programs

The Halifax SWCD is available to assist with classroom lessons on soils, watersheds, and other natural resources topics.  Materials and programs can be correlated to Virginia’s SOLs.  Some of the available teaching aids include: erosion boxes, soil monoliths, root boxes, and maps.  We are currently trying build upon and add additional educational resources for SWCD education and outreach efforts in Halifax County.

Dominion Envirothon

The Dominion Envirothon is a statewide high school competition consisting of five “in-the-field” test stations – soils, wildlife, aquatics, forestry and a current environmental issue – where teams complete both written and hands-on exercises.  Regional, state, and national Envirothon competitions are held each year.  (Visit the VASWCD Dominion Envirothon Site or the National Envirothon Site)

2017 HCHS Envirothon Team – Dawn Bodinski (advisor/coach), Skylar Wade, Lauren Davis, Julia Epperly, Jakayla Forrest, Taseya Coleman, and Jessica Martin (advisor/coach)

Poster Contest

Each year the Halifax SWCD sponsors a Conservation Poster Contest that is available to kindergarten through twelfth grade students and focuses on soil, water, and natural resource issues.  The local poster contest coincides with state and national themes each year and winning entries may progress on to state and national contests for judging.  (Visit the VASWCD Poster Contest Site)

  • 2016 (2nd-3rd grade category)- 1st Place- Kaiyah Staphens

Wildlife Food Plot Contest

The Halifax SWCD provides a seed mix to interested youth to participate in a wildlife food plot contest each year.  Food plots are judged and awards are given in two categories: junior (ages 8-12) and senior (ages 13-18).

Watershed Adventure Camp

Halifax SWCD, Southside SWCD, and Lake Country SWCD, thru a partnership with the Division of State Parks, sponsor an annual Watershed Adventure Camp.  This weeklong, day-camp, is for currently enrolled 4th and 5th graders and provides hands-on learning activities covering an array of environmental education topics.  Camp participants are chosen through an application process and up to 10 participants may be accepted from Halifax County.

2017 Halifax County Campers – Josh Brown, Kolby Layne, Samantha Burns, Noah Waller, and Jonathan Tulloh.

Halifax SWCD Youth Conservation Camp

Every spring the Halifax SWCD hosts an annual Youth Conservation Camp.  This one-day camp is for 7th graders in Halifax County and provides participants the opportunity to learn about topics such as: soils, water, wildlife, forestry, pollination, plant identification, and other natural resources topics.

2017 Halifax SWCD Youth Conservation Camp @ Edmunds Park

VA Youth Conservation Camp

This week-long camp, for currently enrolled Virginia high school students, is held at Virginia Tech each July and is coordinated by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  The camp includes hands-on instruction in water quality monitoring, conservation techniques, and technology demonstrations as well as field trips for instruction on soil, forestry, wildlife, and how land use relates to water quality and impacts on aquatic habitats. 

2017 Campers – Samantha Smith & Jessie Smith

Scholarships

The Halifax SWCD awards three college scholarships each year, one Halifax SWCD Memorial Scholarship and two J. T. Burton Natural Resource Educational Scholarships.  Additionally, one of the scholarship recipients is also eligible to be considered for one of four statewide college scholarships that are awarded annually by the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Educational  Foundation.

2017 Scholarship Recipients – Patrick Salley, Trey Dawson, and Jacob Wilson