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EDUCATION
 
•   Educational Scholarships
•   Camp Scholarships
•   Poster Contest
•   Wildlife Food Plot Contest
•   Photo Contest
•   Agricultural Awareness Day
•   National Resource Conservation Week
•   Soil & Water Stewardship Week
•   Hamilton Holmes Middle School Science Club
•   Envirothon
•   Meaningful Watershed Experience
•   York Watershed Homeowner Initiative Outreach Grant
•   York & Small Coastal Basin Watershed Council
•   Teacher Resources

 
Educational Scholarships

The Three Rivers Soil and Water Conservation District is involved in four $1,000 scholarship programs offered now to high school and college students in Essex, King & Queen and King William Counties. The scholarships available are the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) Educational Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Awards Program, the John F. Townsend, Sr. Memorial Scholarship, the Anna K. Longest Memorial Scholarship and the T. Larkin Hundley Memorial Scholarship.

For the VASWCD Scholarship students majoring in or showing a strong desire to major in a core curriculum related to natural resources conservation and/or environmental studies are eligible. Applicants shall demonstrate active interest in conservation. Individual applicants must be graduating seniors. Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his/her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement. The applicant’s most recent official high school transcript must accompany the application. A copy of a school transcript will not be accepted.

The John F. Townsend, Sr. Memorial Scholarship gives financial support to students majoring or showing a strong desire to major in a core curriculum related to natural resources conservation and/or environmental studies. To be eligible, the applicant must be a full-time student from King William County enrolled in a college undergraduate or graduate level curriculum. Applicants shall document a class ranking in the top 20% of his/her graduating class or a 3.0 or greater Grade Point Average or appropriate equivalent of individual scholastic achievement. Selection will be based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, financial need and educational goals. Individual recipients of scholarships need to reapply for scholarship consideration in ensuring years. Download criteria and application form.

The Earl H. & Anna K. Longest Memorial Scholarship gives financial support to students majoring or showing a strong desire to major in a core curriculum related to natural resource conservation and/or environmental studies. Individual applications must be full-time student from King & Queen County enrolled in a college undergraduate or graduate level curriculum. Selection will be based on scholastic ability, leadership qualities, financial need and educational goals. Individual recipients of scholarships need to reapply for scholarship consideration in ensuing years. Download criteria and application form.

Three Rivers SWCD and Colonial Farm Credit, ACA established the T. Larkin Hundley Memorial Scholarship in 1990 to promote education and community enrichment through educational scholarships. To be eligible, the applicant must be a resident of Essex County with an agricultural background or pursuing a college education to study agriculture, forestry or environmental science. The Scholarship is awarded to an individual who exhibits an aptitude for learning and a desire for self-improvement through education.

 
Camp Scholarships

Youth Conservation Camp

Youth Conservation CampThe District awards two students the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Camp Scholarship. Student representatives are chosen by application from the three counties in our district. The weeklong camp will be held on the campus of Virginia Tech. The camp is designed to enlighten and expand the students’ knowledge of natural resource conservation. There will be a minimum of classroom work, with emphasis on outdoor learning. The opportunity to share experiences with other youth from across the State and have a chance to show leadership skills in an informal setting will be available. There are a total of 49 students from across the state that attends this camp. Two “Outstanding Campers” will be chosen by their peers during camp and presented with a special award. Each camper attending will be given a certificate and award. Participants must be students in grades 9-12. No graduate of high school may attend camp. Previous Youth Conservation Camp campers are ineligible to attend. The participant information must be completed by April 30 of current year and mailed to Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District, P.O. Box 815, Tappahannock, VA 22560. More information about the Youth Conservation Camp.

Forestry Camp

The District awards two students the Department of Forestry Camp Scholarship. The camp will be held at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center located within the Appomattox-Buckingham State Forest. The camp is designed to introduce young Virginians to the challenges, special skills and knowledge needed for managing the forest resources we use and enjoy every day. Classes are taught in the woods by professional foresters, wildlife biologists and conservation resource specialists. There are exploratory classed of the camper’s choice, sports, a lumberjack competition and some free time and swimming each day. Meeting new friends with similar interest is a highlight for many campers. Most campers find the learning activities fun as well! Participants must be students ages 13-16. Previous Holiday Lake campers are ineligible to attend. All campers must pay a registration fee to confirm their attendance. The participant information must be completed by April 1 of current year and mailed to Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District, P.O. Box 815, Tappahannock, VA 22560. More information about the Forestry Camp.

 

 
District Contests
Poster Contest
Three Rivers SWCD sponsors the National Conservation Poster Contest (NACD) each year. The contest is open to Kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Submit your poster to the Three Rivers SWCD, P.O. Box 815, Tappahannock, VA 22560 by May of the current year. For current theme and contest rules visit www.nacdnet.org/stewardship&education

 
Winning Posters 2010


 
Wildlife Food Plot Competition

The District sponsors this contest not only to attract wildlife but also to provide an opportunity for our students to learn about conservation and wildlife while helping them to develop an appreciation of the world around them. Well established wildlife planted areas are wonderful places for wildlife. Some animals are full-time residents of these plots. To others, these plots are temporary havens for loafing, nesting, escape from enemies, or for riding out a storm. Wildlife plots are also abundant food producers.

 

All school age students are eligible. Kindergarten through eighth grade is junior division and ninth through twelfth grade is senior division. Annual and perennial plantings are eligible. (Perennial plots are eligible to be judged one year only.) Photo(s) of project must accompany the application. Students interested but do not have access to equipment and land can contact our office at (804) 443-2327 ext. 101. First and second place will be awarded in each of the three counties (Essex, King & Queen and King William). Applications must be submitted by September 30 of the current year to be judged.

 
Photo Contest

A picture can be worth even more than a thousand words. To recognize individuals who use this tool effectively and creatively, the York Watershed and Small Coastal Basin Roundtable with the district sponsors this photo contest. The contest is open to amateur photographers who are residents of the York and Small Coastal Basin Watersheds. Each participant may enter up to, but no more than, five photographs. Photos will not be returned. Photographs taken must be within the boundaries of the York and Small Coastal Basins. Click here for photo contest guidelines and entry form

 
Agricultural Awareness Day
The district hosts a bi-annual Agriculture Awareness Day for students in the third and fourth grades from each of the three counties. Each student travels to six natural resource stations. The lesson plans for the day are developed to assist the teachers and students with the Science Standards of Learning.

After the completion of the rotations, each student receives a goody bag filled with natural resource educational materials and teachers also receive soils materials. This program could not be possible without assistance from the Colonial Farm Credit and many natural resource professionals.

 
     
 

 
National Resource Conservation Week

Each October the District celebrates National Resource Conservation Week along with local, state and federal conservation agencies. It is easy to take our productive farmland and natural resources for granted. But as cropland and open spaces give way to businesses, shopping malls and residences, it is important to fully appreciate how critical it is to protect these resources. That is why a partnerships working together to encourage everyone – homeowners, teachers, businessmen or farmers to think about natural resources when planning how they use the land. To learn more about natural resources stewardship visit www.nacdnet.org

 
Soil & Water Stewardship Week

Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. Conservation practices in the United States have helped us achieve an historic standard of living. We enjoy a wide variety of fresh, healthy food. Drinking water supplies are clean and mainly free from disease. Lakes, rivers, and streams are much cleaner than 30 years ago. Air quality has greatly improved in the last fifty years. Conservation of natural resources has helped create an amazing way of life for Americans. That is why we want to celebrate conservation during Stewardship Week. The District celebrates Stewardship Week by providing bookmarks to elementary students in April. For more information on Soil & Water Stewardship Week visit www.www.NACDnet.org

 
Hamilton Holmes Middle School Science Club

Youth Conservation CampThe District is working with the science club at Hamilton Holmes Middle School to develop an outdoor classroom. The students have chosen their site and have begun to select learning stations that could assist with their science SOL’s.

At the last club meeting the students put together and painted five rain barrels to be used around the school and in the outdoor classroom to collect rooftop runoff to be used to water the plants in their learning stations.

 

Envirothon is an internationally recognized environmental competition for 9th through 12th graders in Virginia and across the US and Canada. Students who participate learn stewardship and management concepts and work to solve real and hypothetical environmental problems. The program is field oriented, community based and gives students an opportunity to work with natural resource professionals.

Participation in Envirothon encourages life skills like team-building, critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and communications skills. Envirothon involves training in five natural resource categories: Soils, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, and a Special Topic.

 
“Meaningful Watershed Experience”

In partnership with the MPRA the District provided the Hamilton Holmes River Rats Club with a “Meaningful Watershed Experience”. The students identified leaves from tree species that grow at Sandy Point State Park, looked at wetland soils, learned about water conservation and got some basic wildlife mapping training. The students also put together seven rain barrels to be used to collect runoff rainwater from rooftops and conserved to water plants.

 
York Watershed Homeowner Initiative Outreach Grant

Youth Conservation CampAs part of our York River Watershed Homeowner Initiative Outreach grant the District conducted a Lawn Care/Conservation Landscaping Seminar, Rain Barrel Workshop and delivered 500 sound lawn management door hangers to area subdivisions. Check out our calendar of events for upcoming workshops.







 
York & Small Coastal Basin Watershed Council

As Chairman of the York & Small Coastal Watershed Council we meet quarterly with partnering agencies, soil and water districts, other watershed groups and a variety of stakeholders to increase awareness of non-point source pollution related to water quality concerns in the watershed. The Council this year will work on such projects as a workshop on Green Infrastructure, development of an updated York and Small Coastal Basin fact sheet, an on the ground educational project with kiosks and doggie pot stations in West Points’ river trail, maintain the York River website, and possibly the development of a small watershed plan in an area where TMDL impairments exist. All funding for the council is provided by a grant from the Department of Conservation & Recreation. To learn more about the York & Small Coastal Basin Watershed, click here.

 
Teacher Resources

The district serves as a conduit for information from other groups, including State agencies, Federal agencies and other private organizations. Our unique position as a liaison between government and the private sector allows us to serve as a vital networking function; many hours are spent answering information requests from homeowners, landowners, farmers, teachers, students and others interested in conserving our natural resources. Information available from the district office includes:
Soils Information (maps and descriptions)
Reference Materials (Lesson plans for teachers are also available)
  Soils Natural Resources Career Opportunities
  Chesapeake Bay Wildlife Habitat/Plantings
  Watersheds Envirothon Team Study Guides
  Water Quality Tributary Strategies–Rappahannock & York
  Erosion Ground Water
  Surface Water Runoff Project Wet Activities
  Project Wild Activities Project Learning Tree Activities
  Bio-Solids  
Videos (on loan at no charge)
For Landowners – lawn care and nutrient management
For Producers – marketing, no-till
For Teachers – recycling, erosion, water monitoring, and how to take care of our planet
And much more – posters, book marks, conservation activity books for all ages


For a schedule of upcoming events or deadlines, visit the “Announcements” page.
If you would like additional information regarding any of our programs, please
contact the office at 804-443-2327 ext. 101.

 
Three Rivers Soil & Water Conservation District • 772 Richmond Beach Road • P.O.Box 815 • Tappahannock • VA • 22560-0815