The Ocean County Soil Conservation District participates and promotes many different state-wide environmental programs in New Jersey.
Each year, the National Association of Conservation Districts hosts a Poster Contest to students of all ages. The goal of this contest is to promote an understanding of the connection between humans and the Earth, as well as to give students an opportunity to express their creativity.
Another state-wide event that the Ocean County Soil Conservation District participates in is the NJ Envirothon. The New Jersey Envirothon is a one day competition where high school students are tested on their practical knowledge of the natural resources available in the state of New Jersey.
Other state-wide programs the Ocean County Soil Conservation District remains involved with include:
- Project Learning Tree, an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
- Educators, bring the forest to your classroom with a Project Learning Tree trunk! Both formal and non-formal educators can reserve the trunk for FREE for up to 3 weeks. The trunk includes sample lessons from the Project Learning Tree curriculum guide,supplies, DVDs, and games.Please visit http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/forest/images/plt_trunk.pdf to reserve a trunk today!
- Project WET, a special program designed to reach children, parents, educators and communities of the world with water education.
- Project WILD, a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K-12 educators and their students.
- Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Educators (ANJEE), an organization of dedicated individuals who devote time, energy, and resources to facilitate the advancement of environmental education in our local, state, and global communities.
- Trout in the Classroom is an environmental education program in which students grades K-12 raise and monitor trout eggs in the classroom until they are old enough to be released. This program enables teachers to have a hands on way of teaching about the natural habitats throughout New Jersey as well as stream ecology, ecosystems, and conservation.
- New Jersey Farm to School Program is part of a national organization connecting school meals with local agriculture by purchasing directly from local farmers in a strategy that increases the profitability of farming, improves the quality of school meals, and re-creates relationships in the community among consumers and the people who grow their food.
- Please also check out New Jersey Farm to School Program’s conference: “School Garden Champions: Creating Sustainable School Gardens” held at Duke Farms in Plainsboro, NJ this year on April 3, 2013. This event is designed to help educators learn new ways to bring gardening into their classrooms.
- New Jersey Farm to School Program also hosts a Garden of the Year Contest. Please visit their page for more information about his contest, including categories and entry eligibility.