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Educational Opportunities

Attention teachers!! Schedule your classroom presentations with Marybeth Watkins  here 

Coastal Watershed Model

Soil Horizon Display


Wildlife Resources


2021 – 2022 Contests 

 “Soil & Water…Yours for Life” 

View Enviroscape Model demo here

3rd—5th Grades: Poster Contests

6th Grade:  Essay Contest

7th—8th Grades: Speech Contests

9th Grade:  Computer Generated Contest

 Contests rules can be found here


2022 “Soil & Water…Yours for Life” Annual Contests County Winners are……

3rd Grade Town Creek Elem. (Left to right) county Runner-up: Chris Diaz; 3rd Place County: Enzo Norton and County Winner: Claire Brown

Union Elem. (Left to right) 4th grade County Winner: Emmett Pierce, Teacher Jada Fimbel and Christopher Schoneweis

5th Grade – Union Elem. (Left to right) Teacher Gina Gore, Karla Vincenti, 5th grade County Winner: Ashley Cruz, Alexis Beers, and Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District’s Education Coordinator Marybeth Watkins

5th Grade – Bolivia Elem. (Left to right) 2nd Place School Winner: Kinley Bradley; 3rd Place School Winner: Madison Justice; and County 3rd Place: Emily Helton

6th Grade (Left to right) Shallotte Middle School Principal David Ruth, and County winner Kylee Hite

6th Grade – South Brunswick Middle: Jenna Fatkin – County runner-up

(left – right) County Runner-up: Grady Sotriffer; County Winner: Molly Jenkins; 3rd Place County: Addison Fitzhugh

























Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District Educational Resources

Contact Education Coordinator Marybeth Watkins at 910-253-2830

or email

Classroom Presentations

Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District staff are available to visit schools throughout the school year to discuss natural resource conservation topics related to soil (e.g., soil erosion, soil composition) and water (e.g., water quality, water conservation). We have the Enviroscape Watershed Model, Geology Kit, Groundwater Model, Soil Erosion Demonstration Model, Soil Texture Presentation, Goods from the Woods Kit, etc., that we can bring to your classroom for presentations or are available for loan.  

Environmental Field Days

District staff are available to facilitate and/or participate in Environmental Field Days at all schools located within the county. Field Days would include stations that are set up with presentations on different natural resources.  Examples of stations could be: water, forestry, soils, wildlife, pollination, etc.

Envirothon Competition

Each year, a 5-member team of Brunswick County middle/high school students are chosen to participate in the Envirothon.  Teams are given information on 5 different topics: forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife, and current environmental issues for study resources. The Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District pays for registration fees and most travel expenses for the Coastal and State events when applicable.

Life On The Farm

Brunswick County Farm Bureau’s “Life On The Farm Program” provides third grade students a fun day of exploration outside of the classroom. It offers them an opportunity to see a farm and learn where their food comes from. This program also focuses on the interdependence between plants, animals and humans.  In 2014 Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District became an active partner in this program. 

Plants For Pollinators

The Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District developed the Plants for Pollinators in the Classroom to help students in Brunswick County discover the importance of native pollinators and study the relationship between plants and pollinators. Teachers and students use the indoor growing kit (complete with plant stand, grow bulbs, potting soil and seeds) to explore plant growth, conduct experiments and raise plants.

Annual Poster, Essay, Public Speaking and Computer Generated Poster Contests

New topics are chosen each year. There are 3 levels of competition, County, Area and State.  The contests categories are listed below: 

Poster Contest – 3rd-5th grades  

Essay Contest – 6th grade 

Public Speaking Contest – 7th & 8th grades

Computer Generated Poster Contest – 9th grade

The deadline for contest entries is the end of February. Prizes are awarded to 1st place county winners.  Prizes range from $25-$50 according to the contest. Students total winnings could be almost $300 if they win the County, Area and State Competitions.  Links for detailed contests information is provided above.

Resource Conservation Workshop

Each year, one or more high school students are selected to attend the Resource Conservation Workshop, which is held at North Carolina State University during the last week of June.  The week-long workshop is designed to encourage students to pursue a degree in a natural resource conservation field. Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District provides registration and meal costs.

Teachers’ Workshops

Workshops feature hands-on training on various topics concerning conservation-related issues. If your school is interested in having a workshop, please contact the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District.  

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