Halifax County residents, please contact the Halifax SWCD office for more information about any of the opportunities below.
Natural Resource Conservation Education
- Assistance in obtaining workbooks and written information to be passed out to students.
- Conduct classroom visits on various natural resource topics such as:
- Water Quality Issues
- Conservation Practices
- Erosion and Sediment Control and Storm-Water Management Procedures
- Curriculum Provided by Project Learning Tree
- Curriculum Provided by Project Wet and Project Wild and more
Melissa Waller – Education and Outreach Specialist
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)
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. This year’s theme is “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper”. (Visit the VASWCD Poster Contest Site)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scholarship Opportunities Available from Halifax SWCD & VASWCD
Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) will be awarding four $1,000 scholarships. Two are awarded on behalf of the VASWCD Education Foundation and two are awarded on behalf of the Virginia Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society. The Halifax Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) can select one applicant to be considered for one of these four state-wide scholarship opportunities.
Additionally, the Halifax SWCD will be awarding three scholarships. This local scholarship opportunity includes two J. T. Burton Natural Resources Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 and one Halifax SWCD Memorial Scholarship on the amount of $1,000. Scholarship applicants should be majoring in, or show a strong desire to major in, a college course curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies. A single application should be submitted to the Halifax SWCD office by March 8, 2019 to be considered for all scholarship opportunities listed above. Scholarship-Guidelines-Application-2019