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Education and Outreach

Each year the District sponsors poster, essay and public speaking contests in cooperation with local schools.   The contest is an important tool to encourage young people to think about conservation.  The contest educates our youth on conserving natural resources. The poster contest is open to 5th grade students and  has a conservation theme that changes yearly.  Average participation is approximately 125 entries. The essay contest is open to 6th grade students and it also has a conservation theme that changes yearly.  The public speaking contest is opened to 7th and 8th grade students.

Each school will have a first place winner.  The winners from each school will be combined and a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place winners will be selected for each category. The first place winner from each category will be sent to the Area III Competition.  Our area consist of eleven counties.  The first place winner from the Area competition will compete at the state level competition.  

2016 CONTEST WINNERS         

         Poster Winners

 Vanessa Martinez Maldonado, Kailey Barker, Leah Womack and Corey Vanderroest (not pictured- Nikki Ragland)

        2016 Essay Winners

   William Smith, Anna Boone and Erica Dodson   

7th Grade Public Speaking Winners

Allison Podlogar


8th Grade Public Speaking

Mikayla Comer and Madison Villacorta

(not pictured-Aylah Aucompaugh)


Teachers of 1st Place Winners

                      Jamie Holt, Bonnie Marshall and Cindy Quiggle

                                      (not pictured-Patrice McNeill)



Conservation Farm Family

Cody, Colton, MaKayla, Kassidy, Tina and John Gross

Gross Farms was received the Conservation Farm Family Award.  Gross Farms boasts a diversified enterprise with traditional row crops, strawberries as well as other produce.  


 Land Judging Contest

The Conservation Districts in Lee, Moore and Harnett Counties jointly sponsor the FFA Federation Land Judging Competition yearly. Each District assists with hosting and conducting the contest and providing prize money for winning teams and individuals.  This past year the Land Judging Contest was held in Harnett County. 


The District provides training materials to and sponsors teams from local middle and  high schools to Regional or State Envirothon competitions yearly. Lee Soil and Water sponsored three teams to participate this year.   They sponsored at team from SanLee Middle School and two teams from Lee Early College.  The Envirothon consists of five testing stations—forestry, aquatics, wildlife, soils and current environmental issues- where teams are tested on knowledge of subject. The State winner is eligible to compete in National Contest. The Envirothon is sponsored nationally by Canon.  For more information on the local Envirothon competition, please visit our Envirothon website.

             Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW)

Each year up to three high school students are sponsored by the Lee District to the Resource Conservation Workshop held on the N.C. State University Campus. This week long workshop exposes young people to various natural resource fields and includes field trips. Students are eligible to win various scholarships based on test scores at close of the workshop.  The workshop will be June 26 thru July 1, 2016.


"EnviroScape" is a 'hands on' model designed to communicate the basic facts about groundwater and the connection between land activities and groundwater.  The Enviroscape can be adapted to teach kindergartners as well as adults.  Students are asked to think about where our water comes from, point and no-point sources of pollution are explained and better ways to protect our environment.  It normally takes about 30 minutes to demonstrate.


Soil & Water

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