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
Carvers Bay FFA
Each year the Georgetown Conservation District holds a Photography Contest. All seventh grade students are eligible to enter. The winners for 2019 was were Jalee Rogers, a student at Georgetown Middle School and Sarah Weathers, a student at Waccamaw Intermediate School.
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.
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.
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.
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 2018 Sydni Thomas was sponsored to attend.
Commissioners School for Agriculture
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 sponsored a team from the Carver's Bay FFA to attend the competition in 2019.
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 2018 was "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home". The winning class was Ms. Paige William's class at Pleasant Hill Elementary School.
Each year the Conservation District sponsors an essay contest for all Sixth Grade students in the county. The topic of the 2020 contest was "Where would we Bee without Pollinators?" The student's essays explored what animals and insects are pollinators, why we need them and how to protect their declining population.
The winners of this year's competition were from Waccamaw Intermediate School: 1st Place - Sophie Hardin and 2nd Place - Jack Hopkins. Mrs Freshette at Waccamaw Intermediate School was the teacher who submitted the most essays.
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. In 2018 the District sponsored FFA student, Daveon Homes to 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 2019 Jayshawn Ford was sponsored to attend 4H Club Summer Camp and Miriam Vereen was sponsored to attend 4H State Congress.
In observance of Earth Day on April 22, the Georgetown Conservation District donates conservation education books to local school libraries. 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.
The Georgetown Conservation District awarded two $500.00 scholarships in 2020. Macie Elliott and Heather Elaine Newman, both students at Horry Georgetown Technical College, were selected. Pursuing a degree in Wildlife Management, they have studied Forestry Management, Wetlands Ecology and Forest Protection Practices. Both have participated in community volunteer work as they continue their education.
Macie Elliott, Heather Elaine Newman and Professor Deanna Ruth