k-12th Grade programs

All programs are aligned to the Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

  • project wet

    The total amount of water on Earth cannot be increased, but we can learn to protect, conserve and better manage the water resources available to us. Dive in with water activities and lessons!

    Learn more here.

  • project learning tree

    PLT advances environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as windows on the world. 

    Learn more here.

  • project wild

    The goal of Project WILD is to assist students of any age in developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment to result in informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive actions concerning wildlife and the environment. 

    Learn more here.

2021 contest coming soon

School contest

Each year we host a county wide school contest K-12th grade as well as two scholarships for high school seniors. Each winner will be award a certificate and a monetary prize. Stay tuned for the 2021 school contest theme! 

K-4th Grade

Bulletin board contest

Bulletin board projects are a class effort and should include work of all students in the class.  School groups such as science clubs, environmental clubs, or other after school programs are welcome to compete.  There is no restriction on the size of the bulletin board.

9-12th Grade

photo contest

Each participant may enter only one photo. Photos will be judged on the following criteria: effectiveness of conveying theme, composition, and originality. Photos must be the original work of the individual student, should be taken in Anderson County, and the photographer must reside in Anderson County.

5-8th Grade

essay contest

Essays are the original work of the individual student and should be 500-750 words in length.  Essays may be typed or neatly handwritten on the front side of the paper only.  Only legible essays will be considered.  Each essay should have the provided cover letter attached to the front, students' names should not appear on the essay itself.  Each teacher must select ONLY the three best essays in his/her class for judging.

High School Seniors

mcphail-major scholarship

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Person or Organization

conservationist of the year

Conservationist of the Year Award recognizes a person or organization that has had a positive impact or has been a good steward of Anderson County’s natural resources.  This may include, but is not limited to; farmers, school groups, companies, industries, and civic organizations.


conservation teacher of the year

Conservation Teacher of the Year Award recognizes a teacher who has been actively working to advance environmental and conservation education.