9th-12th grade students with an interest in natural resources and community projects, this is your opportunity to apply for the 2022-23 Youth Conservation Leadership Institute offered through the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts. Applications will be available in January 2022. For more information and an application go to

In years past, TJSWCD students participating in YCLI have completed natural resource conservation projects such as organizing a community invasive plant removal, stabilized portions of an eroding stream bank by planting native trees and pursued community and school support to fund and construct benches for an outdoor classroom. If conservation resource projects interest you, visit to get things started.

Team Louisa at the nanofiltration station in Louisa County

Team Louisa at the nanofiltration station in Louisa County


Envirothon teams from Albemarle County High School, Louisa County High School, Saint Anne’s Belfield School, and Western Albemarle High School competed at the regional Envirothon in 2021, and it was an Envirothon season like no other.  This year, the Envirothon is all virtual at all levels of competition.

Our teams from TJSWCD all received high scores in a number of topics that included AQUATICS, FORESTRY, SOIL, WILDLIFE, and the CURRENT ISSUE:  WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, LOCAL CONTROL AND LOCAL SOLUTIONS.  Albemarle County High School and Louisa County High School advanced to the State Envirothon.

In May at the VASWCD virtual State Envirothon award ceremony, Envirothon teams from across the state anxiously awaited the results of the 2021 State Envirothon competition.  Even in this Zoom setting, one could feel the growing anticipation as the evening progressed.  After words of encouragement, kudos and congratulations from guest speakers (Secretary Bettina Ring, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry; Richard P. Chaffin, President, Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts Education Foundation; and Jennifer Brooks, Program Manager, National Conservation Foundation – Envirothon), the scores were announced and our two teams from TJSWCD did quite well…

Albemarle County High School (ACHS) placed 2nd in Soils (tied with LCHS) and in the Oral Presentation.  Louisa County High School (LCHS) placed 1st in Forestry, Wildlife and the Oral Presentation with a 2nd in Soils (tied with ACHS) and the Current Issue:  Water Resource Management, Local Control and Local Solutions.

These high scores for Louisa placed the team 1st overall (out of 15 competing teams) and advances team Louisa to the National Envirothon Competition, representing Virginia!  The 2021 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon competition, hosted this year by the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts will be a virtual competition, July 25-28.

A tremendous thank you to all who so generously shared their knowledge and experience to, once again, support our local teams—you too, are a part of this achievement.  Have no doubt, I’ll be reaching out to you once more in this final stretch to the National finish line.  Congratulations to Albemarle County High School and to Louisa County High School.

Albemarle County High School
Anya Le, Team Captain
Elizabeth Brubaker
Madeline Kronebusch
Kevin Lee
Madeline Paczkowski
Diana Webber, Coach

Louisa County High School
Jacob Barlow, Team Captain
Nathan Dwyer
Holleigh Wright
Amber Thompson
Eve Palmer
Kim Jancaitis Martinak, Coach
Logan Horne & Jake Sarmiento, Co-Coaches

Saint Anne’s Belfield School
Emily Cheng, Team Captain
Tyler Brown
Kate Baer
Angel Negash
Hudson Stolz
Hannah Laufer
Gracie Noble
Todd Jarry, Coach

Western Albemarle High School
Ally Baker, Team Captain
Anna Snyder
Cate Manclark
Ellis Lucas
Helen Moak
Adam Mulcahy, Coach

Team Louisa excited to represent Virginia at the 2021 National Envirothon Competion