Resources for Schools and Organizations

HCCD works with local schools and community organizations by offering a number of conservation education and outreach projects and programs.

Click on the link on the right to be directed to the desired program of interest.


experiment_1.jpgIntroducing a Gro-Lab into your classroom is an excellent way to let students get swept up in the excitement of discovery and accomplishment. HCCD currently has Gro-Labs available for free to area teachers who would like to begin gardening in their classrooms. Gro-Labs provide children with a hands-on understanding of ecosystems, food origins, and the internal dynamics of plant growth. The Gro-Lab was designed specifically for school gardening. Gro-Lab_student_display.jpgIts light structure makes it easy to grow many vegetables, flowers, and herbs to maturity within a reasonable amount of time. Its durable frame holds enough pots for a full-size class garden. HCCD also has support materials available describing ways to get your garden started, lesson ideas, and other ways to introduce gardening into the classroom. You don't need to have a green thumb to have a successful Gro-Lab in your classroom. You can start out with small projects and learn with your class as you go! Please call HCCD to schedule installation of a Gro-Lab in your classroom!

moosePlate.jpgThis project is supported by funds from the sale of the Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) under the NH State Conservation Committee (NH SCC) grant program. 

Non-point Source Pollution Watershed Model

More_rain.jpgThis model demonstrates the different sources of water pollution in our environment, literally! Students learn how land use surrounding our water resources like rivers, lakes and ponds affect their water quality.  They see the results of runoff from roads, lawns, parking lots, farms and animal wastes.  It is an interactive, hands-on learning experience for your students.  They can set up the model with houses, cars, trucks and farms then add pollutants made out of kool aid, cocoa krispies and other materials to the land.  Rain is added by sprayers to demonstrate what happens to the water when it runs off the land into a river or pond. The model is available for loan or for guest presentations! Please email Kerry Rickrode for more information, or call 673-2409.    

Conservation Poster Contest

The 2010 Conservation Poster Contest theme is "Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats". The contest is usually held in early Fall.  Please check back for more information. 

6th Grade Conservation Field Day

Field_Day4.jpgThis annual event is organized in cooperation with the UNH Cooperation Extension. It's held annually for 6th grade students in an outdoor setting, providing natural resource information and hands-on experiences for students in such areas as soils, forestry, wetlands, agriculture, wildlife, aquatics, etc. The event is normally held the first Friday in October (subject to change). Please contact Kerry Rickrode for more information.  

NH Fish & Game Wonders of Wildlife Presentations

Wow2.JPGWonders of Wildlife is a series of active educational programs designed to increase understanding and knowledge of   New Hampshire ’s wildlife resources. All programs are delivered by highly trained Fish and Game volunteer docents. Wonders of Wildlife programs are offered FREE of charge.  Programs take place at your school or meeting place. A teacher must be present at all times.

Available Programs Include:

Habits and Habitats of New Hampshire Wildlife (Hab)
Through a variety of activities, students explore the habits and haunts of New Hampshire wildlife. Hands-on activities are used to teach what habitat is and why it is important.
Audience: Grades 3-4, Length: 1-1/2 hours.

Pond Ecology (PEco)
Explore the basics of life in the pond. Students will actively participate in classroom activities to learn about ponds and do pond sampling.
Audience: Grades 3-4, Length: 1-1/2 hours.  

Here Today -- Gone Tomorrow? (End)
This program provides a look at endangered animals in New Hampshire. Specifically designed activities focus on why animals become endangered and what you can do to help them. Audience: Grades 5-6, Length: 1-1/2 hours.

Wetlands (Wet)
Wetlands are important to all kinds of wildlife. This program will focus on what wetlands are and why they are necessary if we are to maintain healthy wildlife populations.
Audience: Grades 5-6, Length: 1-1/2 hours.

Please call Kerry Rickrode for more information at 673-2409 or email her.  

Composting in the Classroom

Get your worm composting program off to a great start with a Worm Factory!  The bin comes with a base, 4 stacking trays, a plastic spigot, and a cover.  This bin can fit comfortably on a tabletop or on the floor.  Each tray measures 14”x14”x5”H.  You can compost up to 5-8 lbs. of food per day!

These models would work perfectly with our Gro-Labs.  Use the compost you create using the Worm Factory to make your plants grow in the Gro-Lab.

Please contact Kerry Rickrode or call 673-2409 if you would like more information.  

moosePlate.jpgThis project is supported by funds from the sale of the Conservation License Plate (Moose Plate) under the NH State Conservation Committee (NH SCC) grant program. 

NH Envirothon

The NH ENVIROTHON is the only Environmental and Natural Resource Education Program in New Hampshire high schools. Each year's competition has a different theme (for 2007, its "Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources") in which student teams compete. They attend a day of "Spring Training" before the competition for additional input on the current issue, tips on presentations, and exposure to each of the competition areas. The NH ENVIROTHON is supported by grants, donations and the New Hampshire Association of Conservation Districts (NHACD), with countless hours donated by environmental and natural resources professionals. NH has consistently placed in the top ten, and frequently in the top five over the past decade in the national competition. Visit the Canon Envirothon website for more information.  

Any high school in New Hampshire is eligible to participate. If you know of a school, and particularly a potential advisor on the faculty of a high school who might be interested, or to volunteer at Spring Training or Competition, contact the Envirothon Coordinator, Sue Kessler, at (603) 358-6484.

Conservation Scholarship

The Hillsborough County Conservation District annually awards a $500 scholarship to a student choosing a career in the field of agriculture, forestry, environmental science, soil science, or a related resource program. Those eligible are residents of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, entering into the first year of a 2 or 4 year college/university as a full-time student. 

The scholarship announcement usually goes out in early April with an early May deadline.  A recipient is chosen with the hopes to award the scholarship at the school's awards night.  For more information, please contact Kerry Rickrode at 673-2409.

NH Soil Judging Contest

NH Association of Conservation District’s (NHACD) in partnership with the Conservation District’s holds a Soil Judging Contest every year for High School students.  The main objective of this contest is to educate students on soil, its characteristics, properties, and how some land uses may be better than others based on soil features.  The competition aspect of the contest is a secondary intent but it does provide students with the opportunity to study and research information with their peers and then individually apply the information. Overall, NH Soil Judging is great fun and great training for future decision-makers! Many of the schools participate in both Soil Judging and the Envirothon.

If you would like more information on this educational contest, please contactLisa Morin at 603-527-5880.

Conservation Teacher of Year Recognition Award

The Hillsborough County Conservation District annually presents this award for teachers in grades K-12 whom have excelled in natural resources conservation education. The winner is recognized at the HCCD Annual Meeting in April/May. For more information, please contact Kerry Rickrode at 673-2409.

Other Programs

For information on additional information for New Hampshire educational programs, here are a few links:
Amoskeag Fishways
Beaver Brook Association

UNH Cooperative Extension
New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom
New Hampshire Project Learning Tree
Harris Center for Conservation Education

Little Nature Museum
Tin Mountain Conservation Center
DeMeritt Hill Farm
Stonewall Farm
Peabody Mill Environmental Center
Kids Gardening
Enviroscapes - Non-Point Source Pollution Watershed Models