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Natural Resources Conservation Workshop to Be Held in Tifton

Chris Groskreutz

Printable VersionStaff and participants in the 2012 Natural Resources Conservation Workshop held each year at Abraham

ATHENS, GA., (March 22, 2013) --- Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton will host this year’s Natural Resources Conservation Workshop (NRCW) June 9-13, for rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students for the 2013-14 school year from all around Georgia with a week of fun with conservation. 

The NRCW targets students with a desire to learn more about Georgia’s natural resources and the opportunities and responsibilities they provide. More than $18,000 in scholarships will be awarded from this workshop. 

This workshop gives students a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about Georgia’s natural resources—soil, water, air, plants, minerals, and animals from experts in each field utilizing classroom and field trip activities to help interested young people learn the basic principles and the responsible use of our natural resources.

Students attending the workshop will get a taste of college life while gaining valuable insight into careers through their counselors and instructors consisting of professional personnel from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Georgia Forestry Commission, University of Georgia (UGA) Cooperative Extension and Warnell School of Forestry, Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission and many private industries and organizations. 

"Some of our youth do not realize the importance of our natural resources that we all depend on daily. This camp utilizes classrooms and field trips to help educate our students on the basic principles of conserving our natural resources," stated Workshop Director, Dennis Brooks.

Scholarship sponsors include the Georgia Association of Conservation District Supervisors, ABAC Foundation, Georgia Chapter of American Public Works Association, Georgia Mining Association, Workshop Scholarship Fund, Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry, Fort Valley State University, Blue Ridge Mountain SWCD & Young Harris College, Piedmont Conservation Products, the Georgia Chapter of the National Organization of Black Professional NRCS Employees (NOPBNRCSE) and West Georgia SWCD. 

Tuition is $150 per student and is usually provided to our students by local SWCDs, local businesses and individuals. 
The workshop application and information is available online at or through county offices of the USDA-NRCS, Georgia Forestry Commission, DNR-Wildlife Resources Division, the Cooperative Extension or other participating organizations. Application deadline is May 24.


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