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Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW)

The Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW) is sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts in conjunction with the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter - Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, NC Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the Soil Science Department of NC State University.

Workshop Description:
The RCW is a weeklong intensive study and hands-on workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed in NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors. In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to apply themselves to meet the primary objective of this workshop -- learning about natural resources and their management in today's environment. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to students under several awards programs. For a complete description click 2014 RCW

Workshop Dates:
The Resource Conservation District will be held June 22 - June 27, 2014.

The Resource Conservation Workshop is designed to accommodate up to 104 students. (The eight Association Areas each nominate and sponsor two counselors who are charged with overseeing a group of up to 13 students.)

Participant Eligibility:
The workshop is for students who have demonstrated an interest in natural resource conservation. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND. Priority should be given to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Students may participate only once in the workshop. The intent is to seek out students who have not made up their minds about attending college.

District Sponsorship:
Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors one student at the workshop. The student must attend a high school in Mecklenburg County. A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal is encouraged.

Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District will begin accepting applications on March 1 - April 30, 2014.

2013 RCW Student Candidates:

Deirdre An is a junior at Cato Middle College High School. Deirdre's passion for solving environmental issues can be traced to freshman year. It was the year that she was exposed to an amalgamation of activities that spurred her love for the planet. Deirdre has since been involved in several environmental school activities such as advocating for recycling bins in the lunchroom and a class nature hike. Deirdre is undecided on her career plans, but is considering Environmental Conservation/Green Engineering.

Christine Dawson is a junior at Providence Day School. Christine takes interest in guarding her small pond, which is home to a very special small box turtle she caught a number of years ago. Christine has been clearing trash and examining its inhabitants since her arms were long enough to reach its cattails. Derrick D. Willard, Science Department Chair at Providence Day School, mentioned that he was impressed with Christine's work ethic as an individual and her abilities to function well in a collaborative group in Ecology class. Christine career plans include Veterinary Medicine, Field Biology, Fisheries and Wildlife Management.


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