For more information contact our Education Coordinator, Madison Morgan, at (540) 656-2401 or

What is Environmental Education?

Educating the public is an integral part of reaching Virginia’s goals of preventing soil erosion and protecting water quality. Tri-County/City works alongside local partnering agencies to provide meaningful educational opportunities to students of all ages that will inspire future stewards of Virginia lands and waters. Our programs are catered to the audience and we believe that an understanding and increased awareness of natural resources leads to lifelong behavioral change.

Throughout the year, Tri-County/City provides local K-12 students with classroom visits, field trips, college and summer camp scholarships, a conservation poster contest, an Envirothon competition, and much more. And we do not forget our adult student, either! Our education staff works alongside partners such as the local Master Gardener and Master Naturalist chapters, Germanna Community College, University of Mary Washington, and the Central Rappahannock Regional Library to offer adult education programs.

We believe environmental education is for all students, no matter how young or wise!


Schools, Teachers, & Educators

Whether it is a public, private, or home school, Tri-County/City works with K-12 students of all backgrounds to provide interactive and hands-on educational programs. Each activity is catered to suit the educational needs of the classroom. Tri-County/City can also match Virginia K-12 SOL strands to fit the program to the curriculum. Programs may be indoor or outdoor and are offered throughout the year.

Topics include but are not limited to:  Agriculture, Earth Science, Geography, Hydrology, Environment & Society, Pollution, Soil Science, Water Quality, Watersheds & Wetlands.

The list of our current “menu” of programs we offer can be found here.





Annual Programs

Conservation Poster Contest: The National Association of Conservation Districts’ annual Conservation Poster Contest is an excellent opportunity for students to convey conservation knowledge through their artistic skills. Open to students K-12 for public, private, or homeschool students. Also popular with Scout troops and school clubs.


Envirothon: The Virginia Envirothon is a team-based natural resources competition for high school students grades 9-12 covering four core topics: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, & Wildlife Science. Students learn stewardship and management concepts to solve real world environmental problems. In this field-oriented, community-based program, students have the opportunity to work with natural resource professionals. Students receive the Virginia Seal of Excellence in Science and the Environment on their graduating diploma.
Competition Season: September-April (teams form in the Fall)


Gordon “Link” Linkous Scholarship: The L. Gordon “Link” Linkous Scholarship
aims to support and inspire future stewards and leaders in following in the footsteps of extraordinary conservationists, such as local conservationist Mr. Linkous.

Application Deadline Extension: June 1, 2023

Application: L Gordon “Link” Linkous Scholarship Application



Youth Conservation Camp Scholarship: For over 30 years, the Virginia Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week-long summer conservation camp in July for Virginia high school students at Virginia Tech. The camp brings together 70 students for a week of interactive learning and hands-on education about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty.
Application Deadline: April 30

2023 Youth Conservation Camp Application Please complete and return to the office at or mail to 4811 Carr Drive Fredericksburg, VA 22408


logo no captionTri-County/City Soil & Water Conservation District (TCCSWCD) has served the Commonwealth of Virginia Counties of King George, Spotsylvania, Stafford since 1944 and the City of Fredericksburg since 1984. We are a local political subdivision of the Commonwealth, focusing on natural resource problems and solutions. Like other conservation districts, Tri-County/City SWCD is self-governed and non-profit and establishes priorities, sets policy, and administers programs to conserve soil and water resources.
Tri-County/City SWCD is not a regulatory agency. Instead, the agency provides technical assistance, information, educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and newsletters to citizens on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution, and stream health.
TCCSWCD values your privacy and does not collect any data from users of our website. 4811 Carr Drive (Building 3) Fredericksburg, VA 22408 / (540) 656-2401

1 Response to Education

  1. John Beall says:

    I am interested in applying for the VASWCD College Scholarship. What is the application deadline for the 2022/2023 school year? Where can I find the application.

    Thank you.

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