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The Henderson County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) provides FREE educational lessons to assist classroom teachers in providing dynamic education for students!

We come to you on your classroom schedule.   This means no need for fundraising, bus scheduling, or field trip permission forms. Lessons are typically 45-55 minutes long, but can be tailored for your needs. 

Please contact us today to schedule your classes! We would be happy to work with you to create a plan to fit your classroom needs!

Lessons are created to help you meet the NC Essential Standards.  This year we are focusing on the theme “Water…The Cycle of Life”.  Water Cycle lessons meet NC Essential Standards 5.P.2 and 5.P.2.1—Water Cycle. 

Not a 5th grade teacher? Not a problem! We can teach about Soil and Water on all grade levels, including mixed grades and special populations.  Just let us know your needs!  

Did you know we have contests?   We participate in the NC Soil & Water Contests, including Poster, Speech and Essay contests on a particular theme each year.  This gives students an opportunity to explore soil and water conservation through art, writing and public speaking.   Let us know if you are interested in enhancing these skills for your students!

                                                                    Contest Themes:

2017-2018 “Water…The Cycle of Life”

2018-2019 “The Living Soil”

2019-2020 “Wetlands are Wonderful”


We look forward to hearing from you soon!  828-697-4949 or april.hoyt@nc.usda.gov


Websites of Interest:

Educational Contests: School age contests are held for poster, essay, speech, computer designed poster, and computer designed slide shows.

Envirothon: Natural Science Academic Competition for Teams of Middle and High School Students

*The 2018 Area 1 Envirothon is scheduled for March 23!

Resource Conservation Workshop: Week-long workshop for high school students at NC State University covering a wide range of conservation topics

Education Programs: NC Department of Agriculture resource links