One of the goals of the Garrett Soil Conservation District is to prevent erosion and related water quality problems before they occur. We do this through various information education activities such as tours, demonstrations, news articles, and school programs as requested. If your group would like someone to present information on soil conservation and/or water quality issues, please contact the District office.
The Envirothon is a problem-solving natural resource competition open to all students in grades 9 through 12. Teams of five students each are tested on their knowledge in five natural resource areas: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. Teams form in the fall and prepare for the competition over the course of the school year. Winning teams progress through local, state, and international competitions. The District assists the Envirothon program with training, transportation, and materials.
2015 Winners - Nothern Lights 1
Pictured left to right: Katie Carpenter, Blake Upole, Blake Meyers,
Kyle Klotz, and Kylie Frantz.
Coloring and Poster Contests
The District participates in the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts Coloring and Poster Contests each year. The Coloring Contest is open to all students in Garrett County grades K through 5, while the Poster Contest is open to all students in grades K through 12. For more information, please contact the District office.
2016 Garrett SCD Coloring Contest Winners
Class A Bryan Swartzentruber, Class C Ethan Metzger & Class B Sheri Martin.
The District grants one $1,000 scholarship annually to assist a Garrett County student in pursuing a degree in agriculture, natural resources or related environmental fields. Eligibility guidelines now allow college students and previous winners to apply as well as high school seniors. In order to qualify the student must be meet the following requirements: Must be a resident of Garrett County, Maryland and graduating or was a resident of Garrett County, Maryland at the time of graduation from one of the following high schools: Mountain Ridge High School, Northern Garrett High School or Southern Garrett High School. Must have a high school/college grade point average of 3.0 or better. Must major in an agricultural or natural resources related field. Previous winners are eligible but preference will be given to first time applicants. Completed applications, along with a one page essay, are due into the conservation district office by May 1. Selection of the recipient will be made by June 30 by the Garrett Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors.