Environmental Education

It is our vision to be the leader in natural resource conservation for sustainable agriculture within
an evolving urban environment.

DH Conley High School Student, Mackenzie Mills, Receives Scholarship 

to Attend the 2019 Resource Conservation Workshop at NCSU this Summer!

Pictured left to right: Brooks Bunn, Tom Best, John Steadman, Mackenzie Mills, Leroy Smith, and Candy Pearce

The Pitt County Soil and Water Conservation District board awarded the Resource Conservation Workshop Scholarship to Mackenzie Mills. The Resource Conservation Workshop will be held at NC State University during the week of June 23-June 28, 2019.  Since the age of four, Mackenzie has worked with horses. Her essay, “Conservation is Key” displayed her interest in conservation and preservation of our natural resources. Above, the district board presented Mackenzie with a scholarship certificate for all expenses while attending the workshop. Participants stay on campus during this week of intensive study. The conservation subjects covered are soil science, wildlife, recreation, fish management, forestry, forestry management, soil and water.  Exams will take place on the last day of the workshop. Awards and scholarships will follow. Please contact Carolyn Garris at 252-902-1746 if you would like information or you are a high school student interested in attending next year.

NC Resource Conservation Workshop: Week-long camp for high school students interested in conservation and natural resources. Students will spend the week at NCSU learning about a wide range of conservation areas of study for college and careers for after graduation. *Scholarships available for student delegates* For information on the RCW and an application to be a student delegate from Pitt County, please click on the link below;

Pitt SWCD and Environmental Education
The district works hard to protect Pitt County’s natural resources. We know that education is a key component of our conservation program.
  • Students and Teachers -We offer a number of educational opportunities and events throughout the school year for Pre-K – 12th grade students. Contests, events, presentations, activities, and more are an ongoing part of the whole year.
  • Adults - Environmental Education doesn't stop at graduation...we offer a number of adult environmental education learning opportunities throughout the year. 

Below is a listing of our major environmental education programs

Student/Teacher Programs and Resources:

Classroom Presentations : Available for pre K - 12th grade classes and age groups. We have activities and lesson topics for a variety of natural resource topics. Popular presentations include; soils/erosion, farm models, Enviroscape, water quality and more... Please contact us at 252-902-1746 to learn more.

2019 Coastal Envirothon: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (20th Anniversary!)

The Envirothon program is a hands-on environmental science and natural resources competition for middle school and high school students. 5 member teams of students complete training and testing in 5 subject areas: Aquatics, Soils, Wildlife, Forestry and Current Environmental Issues. For more information on on the Coastal Envirothon Program, please visit our Area 5 & 6 Coastal Envirothon.

Pitt County Big Sweep:

Big Sweep is a non-profit organization that organizes volunteers in all 100 counties to clean up the waterways. The coordinator for the event in Pitt County is Paula Clark. If you or your group would like to volunteer for Big Sweep, please contact her at 902.3353 or send her an emailBig Sweep is a great community service opportunity for individuals, scout troops, schools, and civic groups. Volunteer the first Saturday in October and make a difference in our County.

Teacher's Workshops: The District staff are registered facilitators of the Project Food, Land & People (FLP) and Project WOW! Wonders of Wetlands teacher's curriculum  Project FLP is a 55 lesson plan curriculum for pre-K to 12th grade that promotes approaches to learning to help students understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment and people around the world. Project WOW! is a fun, hands on workshop that will teach educators to classify various wetland habitats, identify basic wetland characteristics, and understand basic functions and values of wetlands. Teachers interested in participating in an upcoming FLP or WOW! workshop are encouraged to call us at 252-902-1746 to learn more.

Teacher of the Year Award: In recognition of outstanding conservation educator in Pitt County. Open to all Elementary, Middle and High School teachers in Pitt County who have incorporated conservation and environmental education into their classroom curriculum. Nominate yourself or an outstanding teacher you know. Applications are due to the Pitt SWCD. For complete rules and application please click the below link.

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award application (updated application in progress)


     Adult Education Resources and Awards:

    Conservation Awards: The District recognizes outstanding Pitt County citizens with the following awards:

    • Pitt County Farm Family of the Year Award
    Carolyn Garris,
    Feb 11, 2019, 1:05 PM
    Pitt Swcd,
    Jun 19, 2014, 1:20 PM
    Pitt Swcd,
    Jun 11, 2015, 1:32 PM