Educational & Other Activities

The SCSCD works in conjunction with the NJ Conservation Partnership in sponsoring several conservation education programs. For information on the various programs click here:

The SCSCD works with the Conservation Partnership to sponsor the New Jersey Envirothon. This is a competition of environmental teams of High School students. Each team consist of 5 students. Teams of home-schooled students and non-school based activities may also participate. The teams are given written and field tests in the areas of: Soils, Aquatics, Wildlife and Forestry. In addition, teams are tested on a Current Issue which changes each year. There is also an oral presentation component in which teams are challenged to provide an oral presentation relative to the current issue. Each member of the winning teams receive a $1,000 scholarship as well as traveling expenses to the national competition.

The location of the NJ Envirothon rotates each year between a northern, central and southern NJ site. The 2018 NJ Envirothon will be held on May 5, 2018 at Camp Griar/Camp Roosevelt in Elmer NJ. The 2018 competition will be hosted by the Gloucester and Cumberland Salem SCDs. Camping will be available for teams the evening of May 4, 2018. Schools interested in participating should contact the NJ Envirothon coordinator, Richard Belcher using the link found below.

Training Trucks containing informational materials are available for loan to schools. A Training Trunk is available for each area of the state. The Northern NJ Training Trunk is maintained and distributed by the Morris County SCD. The trunk is loaned to schools for one week at a time. A $100.00 refundable deposit is required. Schools interested in reserving the northern training trunk should contact Sheila Hall of the Morris County SCD at 973-285-8339. The NJ Envirothon website (see link below) also provides training materials.

The NJ Conservation Partnership also coordinates a Envirothon Training Field Day. Participants are provided training in each of the six Envirothon testing areas. The 2018 training will be held Tuesday April 24, 2018 at Swartswood State Park. The registration information and agenda will be posted on this page on or about January 15, 2018. Training sessions will also be scheduled in the Central and Southern Regions of NJ.

2018 NJ Envirothon Informational Brochure.

NJ Envirothon Field Day 2018 Agenda
NJ Envirothon Field Day 2018 Registration 

NJ Envirothon Website


2018 Conservation Poster Announcement, Rules and Entry Form

The District annually sponsors a Conservation Poster Contest. Prizes are awarded for each of the following grade levels: 2-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10–12. Contestants must either reside within or attend school within Sussex County. Entries can come either individually or through the student’s schools. Winners from the Sussex County competition also are eligible for prizes at the state and national level. The theme is chosen by our national organization and varies from year to year.

The theme of the 2018 Conservation Poster Contest is “Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home.” The notice and rules will be posted on this site on approximately November 15, 2017. The notices will be mailed to schools and teachers who traditionally participate around January 3, 2018. The Notice will also provide links to educational resources. All entries for the District’s Sussex County contest must be received at the District office by no later than March 16, 2018. The first place District winners in each grade category will be forwarded to the New Jersey Association of Conservation Districts (NJACD) for judging in the State contest.

2018 Winners
Photos of 2018 Winners:
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-9
Grades 10-12

2017 Winners
Photos of 2017 Winners:
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-8

2016 Winners
Photos of 2016 Winners:
Grades 2-3
Grades 4-6
Grades 7-9
Grades 10-12

2015 Winners
Photos of 2015 Winning Posters

2014 Winners
Photos of 2014 Winning Posters

2013 Winners

The SCSCD in cooperation with the Conservation Partnership annually offers one or more $1500 scholarships to a New Jersey student majoring in conservation, soils, environmental science or a related field. The scholarship is available to students in the 5th through 8 semesters of undergraduate study. The application information and forms will be posted on this site on or about November 1 of each year. Applications are due by no later than May 7, 2018. The  winner will be announced in early June 2018.

2018 Rules & Application



The District will make these available to scout and community groups or to educators who wish to use them to enhance people’ understanding of the importance of the soil. For information contact the District Manager.

The SCSCD serves as the local point of contact for the Common Waters Funds.
For information relative to the fund click here.

The Common Waters Fund has prepared a Climate Adaptation Plan to assist landowners in our area in making their lands more resilient to climate change. The plan can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Upper Delaware Climate Adaption Plan

The NJ Association of Soil Conservation Districts (NJACD) has developed an inflatable educational tool known as the Soil Tunnel. The Soil Tunnel contains educational materials for children relative to the importance of soils. The tunnel is available for use at fairs, displays and festivals. Organizations interested in arranging for the soil tunnel at their events should contract the SCSCD District Manager, Cliff Lundin.

The NJ Association of Conservation Districts (NJACD) has developed a Soils Curriculum for use in NJ Schools. The curriculum is available by clicking on the link below. Teachers are encouraged to use all or a portion of the curriculum. The District would appreciate feedback and input from any teacher using all or a portion of the curriculum.

Soil Curriculum

The SCSCD staff is available for educational programs for school and community groups. Anyone interested in arranging a presentation should contact District Manager.

The District has annually assisted schools and/or community groups in the planting of trees for Arbor Day. The District will provide a tree for planting to up to 5 schools on a first come/first served basis. In 2017 Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 28, 2017. Please contact District Manager for additional information.

The District serves as the Sussex County focal and distribution point for the Reforest NJ program. In NJ during 2015 and 2016, over 300,000 tree seedlings were made available for planting to municipal, school and volunteer groups. In Sussex County almost 15,000 tree seedlings were distributed. The aim is to replace within the next 5 years, all of the trees that were damaged or killed in Superstorm Sandy. In 2016 tree seedlings are primarily being made available to all Sussex County municipalities. Each municipality will determine the method of distribution within their municipality. Residents should contact their municipality to determine the dates, times and locations of the distributions. Municipal distribution dates will also be posted on this site when the information becomes available. Please note that not all Sussex County municipalities are participating in the program.

Seedlings will also be available to all Sussex County residents and landowners through the District. Landowners and citizens may receive up to 10 free seedlings directly from the District. The seedlings must be picked up at the District office. Landowners and residents interested in receiving seedlings under the District program should complete and return the form below. Forms must be returned to the District by April 30, 2018.

In the past, SCSCD staff has worked in cooperation with the Lake Hopatcong Regional Planning Board (LHRPB), the Lake Musconetcong Regional Planning Board (LMRPB), the New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations (NJCOLA) and with other lake and homeowner associations in addressing issues relative to lake management. By clicking on the links below, you can access two documents to help identify typical problem aquatic weed species in Sussex County lakes. District staff also previously worked with the LHRPB in developing a lake education curriculum for use in NJ schools. For information relative to the curriculum, please contact the District office at 973-579-5074.

Lake Curriculum (This file is large – please be patient when viewing)
Lake Curriculum- Appendix Materials
Weed Identification Questionnaire

Aquatic Weed Identification Guide

It is easy and fun to adapt your garden to promote butterflies. Learn about Butterfly Gardening by clicking on the link below.
Butterfly Gardening