Education and Outreach
To ensure the protection of New Castle County’s natural resources for future generations, NCCD staff provides a variety of educational outreach through the different formats you'll find below. Our efforts target school children, civic associations, farmers, homeowners, and legislators.
The District exhibits at many public events where we engage all ages in activities and distribute conservation materials. These events, located all around New Castle County, are a great way for NCCD to spread conservation and showcase the work we do! Find us at some of these events:
White Clay Creek Fest
Blackbird Creek Fall Festival
University of Delaware Ag Day
New Castle County Farmer's Markets
District display at University of Delaware's Ag Day in 2019.
Non-Point Source Pollution Model
A program can be scheduled to present the Non-Point Source Pollution model where children learn about watersheds, where water goes, and how what we do to the land affects our water quality. The program usually lasts around 20-30 minutes. To schedule this program contact Rick Mickowski.
Urban Agriculture Workshops
NCCD does a variety of workshops on urban agriculture topics that can be adapted for any audience. If you are interested in scheduling a workshop for your organization or want to learn more about our offerings, contact Madison Walter.
To learn more about the Grow It Yourself program, our container gardening workshop series, check out our Urban Agriculture program page.
Rick Mickowski doing a classroom program on non-point source pollution
Students competing at the Delaware Envirothon 2019
The Delaware Envirothon, sponsored by the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts, is used to instruct high school students in conservation methods, promote the conservation message, and highlight potential career choices to students. Teams of five students compete in different environmental challenges in the areas of:
special environmental topics (a different one each year)
For more information and program specifics, visit www.delawareenvirothon.org.
The 2020 Delaware Envirothon Annual Report is now available!
Conservation Poster Contest
NCCD serves as the local sponsor for the annual National Conservation Poster Contest. Students in grades K-12, from public, private, and home schools, create posters centered around a different conservation theme each year. Past themes have included:
"Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators"- 2020
“Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” - 2019
"Watersheds: Our Home, Our Water"- 2018
The posters are judged at the county and state levels and cash prizes are awarded to
winners in each grade category. Check below to see this past year's winners!
Information concerning the 2021 contest "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities," will be available in September. If you have further questions, contact Rick Mickowski at (302)365-8979, or visit the National Association of Conservation District's website.
The District has a variety of educational materials focused on conservation topics for children from kindergarten through 6th grade. These materials are free of cost for class room teachers, but are subject to current availability. Examples of the types of materials include:
Conservation activity booklets
In celebration of the 2021 Soil and Water Stewardship Week, "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities," check out these forestry specific educational materials.
More 2021 Stewardship Week resources can be found on the NACD's website,
Contact Rick Mickowski for an update on what’s available and for more information.
Education and Outreach Photo Gallery
Congratulations to the 2020 Conservation Poster Contest Winners!
There were 122 poster entries in this year's Conservation Poster Contest. A panel of judges from DNREC reviewed the 1st place posters from each Conservation District/County to select state winners. Five of the six state winners came from New Castle County! The state winners receive a $50 cash award from the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts. The state winners are submitted to the National Association of Conservation Districts for national level judging. The winners will be announced in February as part of the NACD national virtual conference. All county-level winners receive a certificate and a gift card - $50 for first place, $25 for second place, and $15 for third place.