The Guilford County Soil and Water Conservation District board doesn’t get a lot of glamorous publicity, but, behind the scenes, the board is doing a lot of the dirty work that helps keep the environment clean.

In the coming months, the Guilford County board is promoting several events meant to raise community awareness about the environment and increase participation in conservation efforts.

  • Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 – the State Envirothon at Cedarock Park. The Envirothon is billed as a “fun, hands-on, natural science academic competition for teams of middle and high school students.”  It’s sponsored by the NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts with help from the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation.
  • Saturday, June 4 to Saturday, June 11 – Creek Week. This is a community-wide effort to celebrate the local environment and clean it up with a focus on area waterways. Last year in June, there were a large number of events in connection with the week, like group creek cleanups, water conservation workshops and education sessions – even a class on the lives of frogs.

During Creek Week, many area businesses and organizations participate with things like dinner and drink specials for those who participated in a creek clean-up effort.

  • Wednesday, June 26 – Friday, July 1 – Resource Conservation Workshop. This is a weeklong study and “hands-on” workshop course on conservation in which participants engage in a wide range of conservation studies and activities. The workshop is intended “to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment.”

The week includes environmental tours and conservation workshops as well as activities that help participants make career and college decisions.

Some participants win awards and scholarships.