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Educational outreach is an important part of the Dare Soil and Water Conservation District mission. Each year the District conducts programs and contests in the community to foster conservation practices, to understand stormwater pollution and many other subjects. 

5th Grade Bookmark Contest

The Dare Soil and Water Conservation District holds a yearly bookmark contest for 5th grade students in all Dare County schools. The contest gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of clean water practices by illustrating a bookmark.

First, second, and third place winners are selected for each elementary school, with the first place bookmark printed and given to every student. Extra copies are distributed to Dare County libraries for the public. For more information about the bookmark contest, contact Dare Soil and Water.


Students compete in five-member teams about subjects related to natural resources. Envirothon is open to high school and middle school students. The competition tests team knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatics, and current environmental issues. The top scoring teams qualify for advancement to the statewide competition.

Participation is open to ecology clubs, environmental groups, girl scouts, boy scouts, Vo-Ag groups, FFA Chapters, 4-H Clubs and home study groups. Team members must be from the same school or group and an adviser is required. For additional information, visit NC Envirothon Program website.

Resource Conservation Workshop

A wide range of conservation topics are covered during this intensive, week long workshop. Participants have a unique opportunity to learn about resource management and compete for cash awards and scholarships. Workshop students are housed in North Carolina State University dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors.

The Dare Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors one student selected from applications submitted by rising juniors and seniors. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in natural resource conservation. Find the application and more information here or contact Dare Soil and Water.

Mobile Soils Classroom

The North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Districts Mobile Soils Classroom is available to provide a variety of concept-based, learner-focused, hands-on demonstrations that will engage people of all ages in learning about soil science, soil management and conservation. Teachers interested in having the mobile classroom come to your school, contact Dare Soil and Water in advance to check availability. The classroom is shared among all the Soil and Water Districts in the eastern region of the state.

Outdoor Classrooms

With support from the North Carolina Foundation for Soil and Water Conservation, the Dare Soil and Water District works to establish outdoor classrooms at local schools and elsewhere in the community. With more decline in children exploring the outdoors, it is more important than ever to provide this learning experience. Constructing outdoor classrooms provides a new and different opportunity for students to learn. Studies have shown outdoor learning and play increases school performance, benefits students' physical, mental and social health, supports child development and most importantly is FUN! Is your school or daycare in need of an outdoor learning space? If so, contact Dare Soil and Water for funding opportunities.