Commissioners School for Agriculture


The Georgetown Soil and Water Conservation District strives to promote conservation education by providing conservation educational programs and contests for all of the students in Georgetown County.

Camp Wildwood

Each year the South Carolina Future Farmers of America and Horry Georgetown Technical College host the Wildlife Career Development Event at the HGTC campus.  At this competition over 200 high school students from across the state who are interested in managing our natural resources in the future compete.  The Georgetown Conservation District assists each year with the competition

The Georgetown Conservation District has assisted with the FFA Team at Carvers Bay High School to attend the FFA State Convention and to attend the FFA Camp during the summer.  The District helped the team to purchase their FFA jackets and to attend the FFA officer workshop.

Each year the Georgetown Conservation District holds a Photography Contest.  All seventh grade students are eligible to enter.  

4H Camp

The Conservation District sponsors students to attend 4H Summer Camp.  It offers traditional camp activities with plenty of fun, friends, and adventure.   The activities include swimming, canoeing, a climbing tower, nature hikes, team sports, archery, riflery, nightly skits and games, dance, talent show and 4H animals.    

Essay Contest

Carvers Bay FFA

The Georgetown Conservation District awarded two $500.00 scholarships in 2023.  Allen Ledford and Ashley Rom, both students at Horry Georgetown Technical College, were selected.  They are both pursuing a degree in Wildlife Management. 

This competition is a hands-on environmental competition for students in grades 9 - 12 from across the state.  Teachers train their team members in the areas of forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics and a current environmental issue.   First place winners receive scholarships.  The District will sponsor a team from any high school in the county to attend the competition.

FFA Competition

The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Center and Environmental Educational Center hold an annual Career Day for local schools.  NRCS staff member Debbie Mann assists with soils presentations and other information for the students.

Photography Contest

Poster Contest

The District sponsors an annual Poster Contest for Third Grade students.  Posters are submitted as a class project and the winning class receives pizza or ice-cream for a party.  The theme for 2023 was "Watersheds".  The winners were Mrs. William's and Mrs. Miller's classes from Pleasant Hill Elementary School.  

Earth Day

Each year the Conservation District sponsors an essay contest for all Sixth Grade students in the county.  The topic of the 2022 contest was "Healthy Soil; Healthy Life"  The student's essays explored why we need healthy soil and what makes it healthy.   The winner from Lowcountry Preparatory School was Levi Hakes.  

Also winning from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences were: 1st Place -  Jackson Dugan, 2nd Place - Nolan Cheek and Honorable Mention - Zoey Baker.


Career Day


In observance of Earth Day on April 22, the Georgetown Conservation District donates conservation education books to local schools.  The books help the students learn more about conservation and help them to better understand the importance of taking care of the earth and child friendly ways they can help.   

This week long program which is held at Clemson University, is for rising 11th and 12th grade students with a genuine interest in the fields of agriculture and natural resources.   It allows the students to explore the academic and career possibilities related to agriculture and natural resources.  The District will sponsor a county student if accepted. 

This outdoor environmental workshop is held at King's Mountain State Park in June.  It is for 10th to 12th grade students.  They learn about the diversity of our natural resources through fun activities and the variety of career choices within the environmental field.  The District will sponsor a student if accepted.  In the summer of 2023 Naavah Piggott was sponsored to attend.