Education Programs

The Surry Soil and Water Conservation District works to serve Surry County students and teachers by offering education programs focusing on environmental and agricultural sciences for students in grades K-12. These programs are meant to help students understand the value of our natural resources and what we can do to protect them.

Classroom Programs
Classroom lessons are correlated to North Carolina Essential Standards for Science. All programs are meant to be hands-on and interactive. Lessons are able to be adapted to fit multiple age groups and meet certain needs. Please note that the following list of programs will continue to be expanded upon as more lessons are made available. Other lessons can be offered upon request.

Surry SWCD Program List file

Envirothon
The Envirothon program is an outdoor competition where middle school and high school students compete to test their knowledge of environmental science and natural resources. There are five subjects that students must be informed about which are wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry, soils/land use, and current environmental issues. The competition consists of teams of five students working together to complete tests on these five subjects. This program is meant to grow students’ interest in the natural world and expand their knowledge of it.

Resources:
2023-2024 Northwest Envirothon Manual
Area 2 Envirothon
North Carolina Envirothon
Study Resources

Contests
Surry Soil and Water Conservation offers a poster contest for students in grades 3rd, 4th and 5th at the beginning of each year. This contest is meant to teach elementary-age students about natural resources, why they are important, and what can be done to protect them. The theme for this contest rotates every year. Each school or group can submit 3 posters per grade and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places will be chosen for each grade level. All 1st place winners will advance to the Area competition where they compete against students from 12 other counties. Area 1st winners will advance to the State competition.

Rainfall Simulator
Surry SWCD’s rainfall simulator is a tool used to demonstrate erosion caused by rainfall in various agricultural settings. Specifically, it is used to demonstrate how erosion occurs naturally, and how specific crops or crop rotations can decrease erosion.

For more information or to schedule a classroom visit, please contact:

Laken Creed
Admin/Education Coordinator
(336)386-8751 extension 3
creedl@co.surry.nc.us