Hall County Conservation District presents Endangered Species Workshop
Sep
23
9:00 AM09:00

Hall County Conservation District presents Endangered Species Workshop

The workshop covers endangered species across all major ecosystems in Georgia. Presenting are speakers from University of Georgia, Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Georgia DNR, the The Amphibian Foundation, and the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Topics include endangered plants, longleaf pine ecosystems, coastal degradation, and wetlands. There will also be live animals, such as salamanders and tortoises.

Workshop is free and includes lunch, breakfast and refreshments.

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Macroinvertebrate Identification Field Trip for Senior Citizens
Sep
19
10:00 AM10:00

Macroinvertebrate Identification Field Trip for Senior Citizens

The Stephens County SWCD will host a field trip for senior citizens on September 19th from 10-11:30 a.m. at Toccoa Creek (the section located on the Toccoa Falls College campus) 107 Kincaid Drive, Toccoa Falls, GA 30598. They are partnering with the Soque River Watershed Association to teach about stream health and macroinvertebrates. There will be a hands-on learning activity as well to teach how to identify macroinvertebrates. Topics of interest include: water quality, environmental stressors, hands-on macro invertebrate identification activity, stream health indicators.

Please contact District Program Assistant, LeAnn Rutledge at (706) 779-2134 for more information. RSVP is not required.

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Pollinator Workshop
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Pollinator Workshop

Hall County Conservation District is hosting a Pollinator Workshop educational event for children and their guardians. This event will be held at Gardens on Green at 711 Green Street in Hall County. Please call 706-897-2941 to register or visit the Hall County page by clicking in the top right corner, Conservation Districts, About Districts and clicking the Hall County page.

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Lamar County Conservation District Presents: Beef Cattle 101 Educational Workshop Series
Aug
15
3:00 PM15:00

Lamar County Conservation District Presents: Beef Cattle 101 Educational Workshop Series

The Lamar County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Lamar/Upson Counties’ UGA Extension Service and the USDA—Natural Resources Conservation Service, has announced an innovative, comprehensive new cattle program series titled Beef Cattle 101.

This series will host workshops at various locations throughout the geographic area on the third Thursday of each calendar month from August 2019 – June 2020 (excluding December 2019) in the afternoons from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Registration costs for the series, which include program materials and a catered meal, are as follows:

·    $15 per participant for a single, pre-registered workshop session

·    $25 per participant for a single workshop session registration at door, granted space is available

·   $60 per participant for an all-inclusive monthly workshop series registration (August 2019 – June 2020)

The ongoing workshop series, which is targeted toward beginning and novice farmers in the Central Georgia area, features topics of interest that range from financial and business operations to pasture establishment and management for beginning farmers. Other topics addressing business, natural resource and cattle selection concerns will be presented throughout the series. Several workshops will also offer pesticide license credits.

The first workshop of the series, held on August 15, 2019, at the Barnesville-Lamar County Library from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m., will present topics related to financing options, agricultural agencies’ assistance options and budgeting for beginning and novice farmers. Pre-registration deadlines for this workshop session end August 13, 2019.

For more information or to register for/sponsor this exciting new cattle education series, please contact Lamar County SWCD Program Assistant Wesley Doyle atwesley.doyle@usda.gov or (770) 358-0787 ex. 3.

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What In Pollination Workshop
Jul
20
9:30 AM09:30

What In Pollination Workshop

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The Central Georgia Conservation District will be presenting a Pollination Workshop at the Market on Madison! This workshop will teach your kids about pollination and the different animals that make it possible. This event will include super fun activities that you wont BEElieve and a great snack!

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The Neighbors are WILD!
Jul
2
9:00 AM09:00

The Neighbors are WILD!

It's almost impossible to ignore the buzz about pollinators these days, and the survival challenges faced by native bees and butterflies threaten much of the wildlife in the metro Atlanta region. In a free workshop titled “The Neighbors are WILD!” concerns about human impacts on wildlife, native plants and natural habitat will be explored in a framework suitable for adults and youth ages 12 and up. Hosted by the Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Upper Ocmulgee Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) council, this conservation workshop brings scientists and self-proclaimed “nature nerds” together to discuss plants and animals that are endangered, threatened and critically vulnerable in local urban and suburban areas. Designed to increase awareness of conservation issues in metro wetlands, forests and local communities, this workshop will also offer practical ways for concerned citizens to pro-actively support nature, often beginning in their own backyard.

“The Neighbors are WILD!” includes speakers from the GA Department of Natural Resources/Wildlife Resources Division, GA Forestry Commission and the USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The workshop is free, held July 2 from 9am – 3pm at George Pierce Park & Community Center, 55 Buford Hwy. Suwanee, GA 30024. Seat reservations are encouraged, and reservations for a free lunch are required by June 28. To RSVP, please email Tixie.Fowler@gacd.us or call 770.365.2593.

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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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