Catoosa County students who qualify to attend the Natural resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) are offered sponsorship and transportation provided by the Catoosa County Conservation District. This program of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is held each spring in Tifton, GA.
Over $17,000 in college scholarships, back-to-nature field trips, and a true taste of college life will be on the line for high school students who attend this year’s Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) on June 9-13, 2019 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
“The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to engage high school students in the importance of natural resources and agriculture in Georgia,” NRCW Interim Director Kip Hall, an assistant professor of forestry at ABAC, said. “During NRCW, students gain a new perspective on conservation, stewardship, and sustainable agriculture with both classroom and outdoor experiential learning. The workshop opens the door for many students to consider a college major for a career in agriculture and natural resources.”
Students participating in the workshop will attend lectures and hands-on activities to boost their knowledge of Georgia’s vital natural resources. Local, state, and federal natural resource agencies and specialists from universities will host these sessions.
The workshop provides students with a taste of college life while delivering valuable insight into careers through their counselors and instructors. These professionals consist of ABAC admissions personnel, the Department of Natural Resources, the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service, the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA, the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and many private industries and organizations.
“When I was asked about attending NRCW week at ABAC I was unsure what to expect, but I knew it would be a great chance to get a glance into college life,” Trey Tyre, a 2017 student attendee, said. “Coming from a farm family, I know that conservation is very important. I learned so much about forestry, wildlife conservation, and the conservation of marine resources during the week. It was an amazing experience.”
Tuition is usually provided to the students by local Conservation Districts, local businesses, and individuals.
Interested students must first complete the online application available online at www.abac.edu/nrcw .
NRCW scholarship sponsors include the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, the ABAC Foundation, Georgia Chapter of American Public Works Association, Georgia Mining Association, Workshop Scholarship Fund, Flint River Conservation District, UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry, Fort Valley State University, Blue Ridge Mountain Conservation District and Young Harris College, Piedmont Conservation Products, the Georgia Chapter NOPBNRCSE and West Georgia Conservation District.
2020 Stewardship Theme
The Catoosa County Conservation District scholarship is intended to reward and assist students who are dedicated to soil and water conservation and interested in pursuing a career in a related field.
Check back next year for 2020 Scholarship info!
The annual CCCD Poster Contest provides students from kindergarten through 12th grade the chance to have their art displayed as part of a national conservation outreach initiative. Each year, the winning posters reflect the National Association of Conservation District’s (NACD) annual Stewardship theme and highlight the work of Conservation Districts and their state conservation associations to protect and enhance natural resources. The contest starts at the local District level; winners advance to the state competition, and then to the national level, where winners receive recognition and a cash prize at NACD’s Annual Meeting.
One of the primary objectives of the Catoosa County Conservation District is to educate the general public on conservation and wise stewardship.
Educating both children and adults, CCCD is active in promoting activities, demonstrations, workshops, sponsorships, and events that educate the general public on the value of natural resources.