Education Programs - Resource Conservation Workshop

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

Workshop Description

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a weeklong and involves study and hands on participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed at NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors.  In order to achieve success, students should come prepared to meet the primary objective of the workshop -- learning about natural resources and their management in today’s global environment. Awards and scholarships can be won and are presented to students under several awards programs.

For an insider's look at activities during the Resource Conservation Workshop, please see a promotional video prepared by the Durham Soil and Water Conservation District.


2014 Program Information

2014 Photos Link, Workshop Summary, & Winners 

2015 Program Information

June 21- 26, 2015


The Resource Conservation Workshop is designed to accommodate up to 104 students.  The student slots will be filled on a first come first served basis as registrations with specific student’s names are received.  The eight Association Areas each nominate and financially sponsor two counselors who act as counselors and guides to a small group of students.

Participant Eligibility

Students who have demonstrated an interest in natural resource conservation and are nominated by their local soil and water conservation districts are eligible. HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND. The Districts should give priority to rising juniors and seniors. Students may participate only one time in this workshop.


  • S. Grady Lane Award:  Amount of Award:  $100 cash and $500 college scholarship*

The prestigious S. Grady Lane Award is the grand prize of the Resource Conservation Workshop. Each Counselor selects a student who is then interviewed by a panel and a winner is selected. Selected criteria include academic  test score of 75th percentile or higher, counselor evaluation of student’s high moral character and studious habits, financial need,  and judging interview results.

  • Conservation District Employee's Association Award:  Amount of Award:  $1,000.00 college scholarship*.

This award is sponsored by the NC Conservation District Employee’s Association.

  • Five other RCW Awards are presented. Winners are selected using academic scores (including the tie-breaker question.)

1st Place:  Amount of Award:  $100 cash and $500 college scholarship*

2nd Place:  Amount of Award:  $100 cash and $275 college scholarship*

3rd Place:  Amount of Award:  $100 cash

4th Place:  Amount of Award:  $75 cash

5th Place:  Amount of Award:  $50 cash

*Please note that scholarship funds are received when the student enrolls in college, and must be claimed within 5-years of the award date.

Workshop Dates

The Resource Conservation Workshop is usually held during the last two weeks in June.  The Resource Conservation Workshop Planning Committee will issue the upcoming workshop dates and registration materials no later than October 1st of the year.  Student registration opens November 1st.


Counselors are selected by Association Areas. Areas agree to pay Counselor registration fees and travel allowances.  Area Chairpersons will forward counselor names and registration fees to the Division of Soil and Water Conservation not later than May 1st each year.

 For more information, please contact Ralston James at

NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation, Pat Harris, Director
Mailing Address: 1614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1614
Physical Address: 512 North Salisbury Street, Raleigh North Carolina 27604
Phone: 919.733.2302; FAX: 919.715.3559