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 competition is 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.
Each year the Conservation District sponsors an essay contest for all Sixth Grade students in the county. The topic of the 2017 contest was "Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life". The student's essays investigated the increased demand for food production and how we can work together to protect and enhance our soils.
The winners of this year's competition were (left to right) Amelia Sargent - second place, Isaac Shumard - third place, and Danielle Nixon - first place. Mrs. Lane Crosby was the teacher who submitted the most essays. They are all from The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences.
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
Each year the Georgetown Conservation District holds a Photography Contest. All seventh grade students are eligible to enter. The winner for 2017 was Emma Rose Radcliff of Waccamaw Middle School.
The Georgetown Soil and Water Conservation District strives to provide educational programs for all of the students in Georgetown County.
The Conservation District awarded $500.00 scholarships in the fall of 2016 to students in the field of natural resources or conservation. Two students from Horry Georgetown Technical College were selected to receive the scholarships. Pictured below with Chairman Mark Johnson (center)are: Quincy Gordon and William Babb.
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 smmer of 2017 Sydni Thomas will attend.
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. In 2016 Miriam Vereen attended the week long camp.
In observance of Earth Day on April 22, the Georgetown Conservation District donates conservation education books from the new "green" book series to local school libraries. The books educate children on how they can become more eco-friendly. They are made from recycled materials and the theme of the books is recycling.
Commissioners School for Agriculture
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 2017 was "Healthy Soils Are Full Of Life". The winning class was Ms. Miller's class at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge Center and Environmental Educational Center hold an annual Career Day for local schools. NRCS staff Debbie Mann and Tripp Williamson gave soils presentations to the students.