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. 

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   Public Events

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.

Educational Programs/Workshops   

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. 

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Rick Mickowski doing a classroom program on non-point source pollution

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Students competing at the Delaware Envirothon 2019

   Delaware Envirothon

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: 

  • aquatic ecology

  • soil/land use

  • forestry

  • wildlife

  • air quality

  • public speaking

  • special environmental topics (a different one each year)

For more information and program specifics, visit www.delawareenvirothon.org.

 

The Delaware Envirothon marked its 25th anniversary in 2020 but will celebrate in 2021 due to last year’s event cancellation. High school students representing five schools and one 4-H team will compete virtually for the title of 2021 Delaware Envirothon champions and to win college scholarships and prizes. The virtual competition will test students’ knowledge and practical application of various environmental topics, including this year’s special environmental topic, “Water Resources Management: Local Control and Local Solutions.” 

Congratulations to Charter School of Wilmington Team C on winning First Place in the 2021 Delaware Environthon! 

Each member of the winning team earned a $500 college scholarship from the Delaware Envirothon and the team will receive an award plaque for their school. Charter School of Wilmington Team C will now represent Delaware in the virtual 2021 National Conservation Foundation Envirothon out of Lincoln, Neb., at the end of July.   The official results are as follows:

 

First place: Charter School of Wilmington Team C

Second place: Charter School of Wilmington Team A

Third place: Charter School of Wilmington Team B

Fourth place: Peach Blossom 4-H Club

Fifth place: Middletown High School FFA

Sixth place: Odessa Ducks FFA

Seventh place: Newark Charter School Dino Nuggets

The 2020 Delaware Envirothon Annual Report is now available!

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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! 

The NACD 2021 poster contest "Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities," is now accepting submissions through Friday, October 22nd at 4:30pm. This contest is open to al public, private, and home-schooled students in grades K-12.

View the full announcement and rules here. 

 

If you have further questions, contact Rick Mickowski at (302) 365-8979, or visit the National Association of Conservation District's website.

See the photo gallery below to view the 2020 contest winners! 

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   Educational Materials

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 

  • Posters 

  • Bookmarks

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.

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Umar Adeel - 1st Place
Umar Adeel - 1st Place

1st Grade - Tarbiyah School

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Nandana Susheel Kalluru - 2nd Place
Nandana Susheel Kalluru - 2nd Place

1st Grade- Linden Hill E. S.

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Ahsan Kunwar - 3rd Place
Ahsan Kunwar - 3rd Place

Kindergarten - Tarbiyah School

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Umar Adeel - 1st Place
Umar Adeel - 1st Place

1st Grade - Tarbiyah School

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K- 1st Grade

Dhriti Vadlamani- 1st Place
Dhriti Vadlamani- 1st Place

3rd Grade - Cedar Lane E.S. **1st Place State Level**

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Bhavya Sri Kautharapu - 2nd Place
Bhavya Sri Kautharapu - 2nd Place

3rd Grade- Linden Hill E.S

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Marina DeYoung Winstead - 3rd Place
Marina DeYoung Winstead - 3rd Place

3rd Grade- Linden Hill E.S

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Dhriti Vadlamani- 1st Place
Dhriti Vadlamani- 1st Place

3rd Grade - Cedar Lane E.S. **1st Place State Level**

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2nd-3rd Grade

Reena Patel - 1st Place
Reena Patel - 1st Place

6th Grade - Odyssey Charter School **1st Place State Level**

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Megan Le - 2nd Place
Megan Le - 2nd Place

6th Grade - P. S. duPont Middle School

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Nicole Tran - 3rd Place
Nicole Tran - 3rd Place

4th Grade - Cooke E.S.

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Reena Patel - 1st Place
Reena Patel - 1st Place

6th Grade - Odyssey Charter School **1st Place State Level**

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4th- 6th Grade

Rishitha Guddapalli -1st Place
Rishitha Guddapalli -1st Place

7th Grade- Cab Calloway School of the Arts **1st Place State Level**

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Shereen Gattu - 2nd Place
Shereen Gattu - 2nd Place

7th Grade - Cab Calloway School of the Arts

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Gweena Foulk - 3rd Place
Gweena Foulk - 3rd Place

6th Grade - Alfred Waters Middle School

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Rishitha Guddapalli -1st Place
Rishitha Guddapalli -1st Place

7th Grade- Cab Calloway School of the Arts **1st Place State Level**

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7th-9th Grade

Eason Li - 1st Place
Eason Li - 1st Place

10th Grade - Tower Hill School **1st Place State Level**

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Gia D'Ambrosio - 2nd Place
Gia D'Ambrosio - 2nd Place

12th Grade- Del Castle High School

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Mackenzie Ruiz - 3rd Place
Mackenzie Ruiz - 3rd Place

12th Grade- Appoquinimink High School

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Eason Li - 1st Place
Eason Li - 1st Place

10th Grade - Tower Hill School **1st Place State Level**

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10th- 12th Grade

Langley Grace Marvel - 1st Place
Langley Grace Marvel - 1st Place

11th Grade- Del Castle High School **1st Place State Level**

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Keanni Castro - 2nd Place
Keanni Castro - 2nd Place

12th Grade - Appoquinimink High School

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Brooke Wilfong - 3rd Place
Brooke Wilfong - 3rd Place

11th Grade - Newark High School

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Langley Grace Marvel - 1st Place
Langley Grace Marvel - 1st Place

11th Grade- Del Castle High School **1st Place State Level**

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Digital Posters