The TJSWCD provides a variety of natural resource-related educational services.

Click here for some fun and engaging education resources!

TJSWCD provides opportunities to continue to discover your local watershed independently in your own backyard, your home, at the kitchen table, or in your garage with a variety of links to videos, activities and articles for students and teachers to engage in. We are always adding new content so be sure to check back often!

Louisa County Envirothon Team at the 2022 State Competition

Dominion Envirothon Program

The TJSWCD coordinates the Envirothon Program on the local level. If you are interested in getting an Envirothon team started at your school, contact us via email- education(@)tjswcd.org

Information about this year’s competition is below:

  • 2024 Special Topic: Renewable Energy for a Sustainable Future
  • 2024 Local Competition: March 22, Camp Albemarle (This event has passed)
  • 2024 Area II Competition: April 25, North Fauquier County Community Park & Sports Complex (This event has passed)
  • 2024 State Competition: May 19-20, Radford University, Radford, Virginia (This event has passed)
  • 2024 National Competition: July 28-August 3, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York

You can find more information HERE.

VASWCD Youth Conservation Camp (YCC)

Each year, the TJSWCD provides funding to send two students to a weeklong Conservation Camp held at Virginia Tech each summer. The program brings together about 70 interested high school-aged students (currently enrolled in grades 9-12) for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors.

Applications have closed for this year’s session. Check back next year!

YCC participants paddle the New River

Scholarships

The TJSWCD provides annual scholarships for individuals wanting to pursue a degree in a natural resource-related field.

We are pleased to announce the availability of our 2024 Scholarship Awards. The TJSWCD will give $3,500 in scholarship money to students residing within our District (Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson Counties, and the City of Charlottesville). The scholarship funds may be awarded entirely to one individual, or may be divided based upon the merit of the applicants.

The TJSWCD scholarship is available to full-time students who demonstrate an active interest in conservation and are enrolled in, or have applied to, a college freshman level curriculum. The scholarship must be applied toward courses for which the student will receive college credit, and the payment will be made directly to the student’s academic institution. In addition, one applicant will be nominated by TJSWCD to the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts (VASWCD) to be considered for one of four $2,000 scholarships awarded to statewide winners.

Applications have closed for the year. Please check back in early 2025 for the next round of scholarships!

Chesapeake Bay “Meaningful Watershed Education Experience” (MWEE)

The multistate “2000 Chesapeake Bay Agreement” and the “Chesapeake Watershed Education Agreement: Fostering Chesapeake Stewardship” established educational goals related to watersheds and associated educational programming in schools. The TJSWCD provides “Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences” (MWEE events) to assist local schools in meeting these goals.

More about Meaningful Watershed Education Experience (MWEE)

4th graders enjoy looking for macroinvertebrates during their field trip at Camp Albemarle

Rivanna Stormwater Education Partnership (RSEP)

RSEP is a collaborative effort among the local entities that hold stormwater permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program. The TJSWCD facilitates and coordinates this partnership.

Check out the RSEP Website for more information.

FrogWatch USA- Central Virginia Chapter

FrogWatch USA is a nationwide citizen science program that helps monitor wetland health and amphibian population status by teaching communities to report on the calls of local frogs and toads. This program is headed by the Akron Zoo and has over 140 chapters across the United States. TJSWCD and the Rivanna Conservation Alliance have partnered to create the Central Virginia Chapter. You can join our chapter by attending a training session and choosing a monitoring site!

We look forward to the 2024 season!

Current Sessions:

We don’t have any upcoming sessions at this time. Check back soon for more training dates!

Want to stay on top of training dates as they become available? Fill out our Waitlist/Interest Form

TJSWCD has partnered with the Rivanna Conservation Alliance to create the Central Virginia FrogWatch USA Chapter.

Our Residential Programs Coordinator gives a talk about soil to the Nelson County Master Gardeners.

Presentations, Workshops, Field Days, and More

Local officials, schools, community organizations and the general public rely on the TJSWCD for workshops, “field days”, presentations, school events, and technical information. Classroom presentations are available to support grade-specific Standards of Learning (SOLs), and presentations on a variety of topics are available for community organizations.

If you are interested in an education program with TJSWCD, please contact us by emailing education [@] tjswcd.org

Forms and Waivers

Our Agriculture, Education, and Residential staff are occasionally able to provide high-school students and young adults with the opportunity to learn about working for a Soil and Water District. These students can join us on a ride-along and participate in an education program or field visit. The signing of a Liability Waiver and Media Form is required before participating in this type of experience. Forms can be found below: