Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW)
Jun
9
to Jun 13

Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW)

Over $17,000 in college scholarships, back-to-nature field trips, and a true taste of college life will be on the line for high school students who attend this year’s Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) on June 9-13 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

“The workshop provides an excellent opportunity to engage high school students in the importance of natural resources and agriculture in Georgia,” NRCW Interim Director Kip Hall, an  assistant  professor  of  forestry  at  ABAC,  said.  “During  NRCW,  students  gain  a  new perspective on conservation, stewardship, and sustainable agriculture with both classroom and outdoor experiential learning. The workshop opens the door for many students to consider a college major for a career in agriculture and natural resources.”

Students participating in the workshop will attend lectures and hands-on activities to boost their knowledge of Georgia’s vital natural resources.   Local, state, and federal natural resource agencies and specialists from universities will host these sessions.

The workshop provides students with a taste of college life while delivering valuable insight  into  careers through  their counselors  and  instructors.  These professionals  consist  of ABAC  admissions  personnel,  the  Department  of  Natural  Resources,  the  USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension Service, the Warnell School of Forestry at UGA, the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, and many private industries and organizations.

“When I was asked about attending NRCW week at ABAC I was unsure what to expect, but I knew it would be a great chance to get a glance into college life,” Trey Tyre, a 2017 student attendee, said. “Coming from a farm family, I know that conservation is very important.  I learned so much about forestry, wildlife conservation, and the conservation of marine resources during the week. It was an amazing experience.”

Tuition is $175 per student before the early bird deadline of May 1.  After May 1, tuition increases to $200 per student to attend the workshop. The final application deadline is June 1.

Tuition is usually provided to the students by local Conservation Districts, local businesses, and individuals.

Interested students must first complete the online application available online at www.abac.edu/nrcw . They will then be contacted by a District Program Assistant, who represents a local Conservation District, to help them complete the registration process.

NRCW scholarship sponsors include the Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, the ABAC Foundation, Georgia Chapter of American Public Works Association, Georgia Mining Association, Workshop Scholarship Fund, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry, Fort Valley State University, Blue Ridge Mountain SWCD and Young Harris College, Piedmont Conservation Products, the Georgia Chapter NOPBNRCSE and West Georgia SWCD.

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Stewardship Week
Apr
28
to May 5

Stewardship Week

2019 Stewardship Theme

2019 Stewardship Theme

Education is a critical element of the conservation effort at the local, state and national levels. Educating young people about the benefits of conservation helps to ensure the next generation will be wise stewards of America’s natural resources.

In 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world’s largest conservation-related observances.

The program relies on conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation through field days, educational programming, and workshops to educate citizens about the need to care for our natural resources. Many district activities extend beyond the one-week observance to include an entire year of outreach. Stewardship Week helps to remind us all of the power each person has to conserve natural resources and improve the world. When everyone works together with their local conservation district, that power continuously grows.

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Aug
23
8:30 AM08:30

GACD Group 2 Supervisor Training

Registration starts at 8:30am. Program starts at 9:30am.

Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be served.

This is a combined Group Meeting + Supervisors Training. There will be a Group Business session that morning and the remainder of the day will be GACD Training topics.

Training will include:

-Business Operations – Conducting District Business and Supervisor Effectiveness

-District Accomplishments – Guidelines and Action Plans for Local Projects and Programs 

-Conservation Policy – Effective interface with Elected Officials 

-GACD – GACD Initiatives to Support Local Districts

*The GACD Group 2 Supervisors consist of elected and appointed district supervisors from 26 counties in Georgia to include: Fannin, Rabun, Towns, Union, Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Lumpkin, White, Banks, Elbert, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Oglethorpe, Wilkes, Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Oconee, Hall, Stephens, Lincoln, Warren, McDuffie, and Columbia

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

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Aug
16
8:30 AM08:30

GACD Group 4 Supervisor Training

Registration starts at 8:30am. Program starts at 9:30am.

Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be served.

This is a combined Group Meeting + Supervisors Training. There will be a Group Business session that morning and the remainder of the day will be GACD Training topics.

Training will include:

-Business Operations – Conducting District Business and Supervisor Effectiveness

-District Accomplishments – Guidelines and Action Plans for Local Projects and Programs 

-Conservation Policy – Effective interface with Elected Officials 

-GACD – GACD Initiatives to Support Local Districts

*The GACD Group 4 Supervisors consist of elected and appointed district supervisors from 38 counties in Georgia to include: Pine Mountain, Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot, Clay, Lee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Stewart, Sumter, Terrell, Webster, Baker, Calhoun, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, Seminole, Ben Hill, Brooks, Colquitt, Crisp, Irwin, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Worth, Berrien, Clinch, Cook, Echols, Lanier, and Lowndes.

 

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Aug
14
8:30 AM08:30

GACD Group 1 Supervisor Training

Registration starts at 8:30am. Program starts at 9:30am.

Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be served.

This is a combined Group Meeting + Supervisors Training. There will be a Group Business session that morning and the remainder of the day will be GACD Training topics.

Training will include:

-Business Operations – Conducting District Business and Supervisor Effectiveness

-District Accomplishments – Guidelines and Action Plans for Local Projects and Programs 

-Conservation Policy – Effective interface with Elected Officials 

-GACD – GACD Initiatives to Support Local Districts

*The GACD Group 1 Supervisors consist of elected and appointed district supervisors from 24 counties in Georgia to include:  Cherokee, Gilmer, Murray, Pickens, Whitfield, Bartow, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Paulding, Polk, Walker, Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, Troup, Catoosa, Cobb, Dekalb and Fulton

 

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Aug
13
8:30 AM08:30

GACD Group 3 Supervisor Training

Registration starts at 8:30am. Program starts at 9:30am.

Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be served.

This is a combined Group Meeting + Supervisors Training. There will be a Group Business session that morning and the remainder of the day will be GACD Training topics.

Training will include:

-Business Operations – Conducting District Business and Supervisor Effectiveness

-District Accomplishments – Guidelines and Action Plans for Local Projects and Programs 

-Conservation Policy – Effective interface with Elected Officials 

-GACD – GACD Initiatives to Support Local Districts

*The GACD Group 3 Supervisors consist of elected and appointed district supervisors from 37 counties in Georgia to include Gwinnett, Walton, Rockdale, Clayton, Henry, Butts, Fayette, Monroe, Pike, Spaulding, Upson, Lamar, Jasper, Newton, Baldwin, Greene, Hancock, Jones, Morgan, Putnam, Taliaferro, Bleckley, Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Twiggs, Washington, Wilkinson, Bibb, Crawford, Dooly, Houston, Macon, Peach, Pulaski, Taylor, Wilcox Counties

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

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2018 Natural Resources Conservation Workshop
Jun
10
to Jun 14

2018 Natural Resources Conservation Workshop

The Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) will be held June 10-14 in Tifton, GA at the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. This workshop is for rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students where they will get the opportunity to learn from natural resource professionals on all areas of conservation, resource management, forestry, wildlife, and more. Students will stay in on campus dorms and eat in the campus dining halls. Only rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who have not previously attended the workshop are eligible to attend. 

Students will take classes for 2 days and have a field day where they can learn and practice archery, skeet shooting, fishing and more. On the final day of the workshop they will be tested on what they have learned to have the chance to win scholarships for college. There is approximately $20,000 in scholarships to be awarded with a good possibility for students to receive at least $500. This scholarship can be used at any school in Georgia with the student studying in an area of natural resources. 

The workshop costs $175 if applications are submitted by May 1st and $200 after May 1 until June 1. This covers all costs for the workshop including food and room and board. All applications must be in by June 1st. Soil and Water Conservation Districts are sponsoring students to attend the workshop from each district. Reach out to your local district and/or NRCS office to learn more about sponsorship opportunities in your area. 

The NRCW application and additional information can be found on ABAC's website. The application has a multi-step process with an online form to be submitted first and then paper forms that will need to be turned in to the local NRCS office or to the Soil and Water District in that area. Details regarding the application, including a step by step guide, are included on the website. 

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Feral Swine Workshop - Monroe, Georgia
May
17
8:30 AM08:30

Feral Swine Workshop - Monroe, Georgia

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Register by May 14th.

Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the State. A number of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners.

Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration.

Partnering agencies for this effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia, and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Registration for this event is available at https://gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ on the “Events” section. 

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Feral Swine Workshop - Blairsville, Georgia
Feb
2
8:30 AM08:30

Feral Swine Workshop - Blairsville, Georgia

FERAL SWINE WORKSHOP AND TRAPPING DEMONSTRATION

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Register by January 31st.

Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the State. A number of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners in November and December. 

Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration.

Partnering agencies for this effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia, and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Registration for this event is available at https://gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ on the “Events” section. 

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Feral Swine Workshop - Nashville, GA
Dec
15
8:30 AM08:30

Feral Swine Workshop - Nashville, GA

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FERAL SWINE WORKSHOP AND TRAPPING DEMONSTRATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Register by December 13th.

Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the State. A number of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners in November and December. 

Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration.

Partnering agencies for this effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia, and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Registration for this event is available at https://gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ on the “Events” section. 

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Feral Swine Workshop - Albany, GA
Nov
30
8:30 AM08:30

Feral Swine Workshop - Albany, GA

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FERAL SWINE WORKSHOP AND TRAPPING DEMONSTRATION

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Register by November 28th.

Feral swine have become increasingly detrimental in Georgia, causing significant damage to agricultural crops and natural resources throughout the State. A number of agricultural and natural resource organizations are partnering together to bring Georgia’s top experts on feral swine together in a series of educational workshops for farmers and landowners in November and December. 

Topics will include disease issues, swine biology, economics, water quality issues, effective control techniques, transport issues, and regulations to be followed by a question and answer panel of experts. Each workshop will also include a feral swine trapping demonstration.

Partnering agencies for this effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA Wildlife Services, Georgia Association of Conservation Districts, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Department of Agriculture, University of Georgia, and Georgia Farm Bureau.

Registration for this event is available at https://gooutdoorsgeorgia.com/ on the “Events” section. 

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