Welcome To Swain County

Soil and Water Conservation District

District Sponsered Events

Bookmark Contest: Grades 3-6
Each year the Swain Soil and Water Conservation District sponsors a Bookmark Contest for all students in grades 3 through 6. Resource materials are available from August to December. The first place bookmark for each grade level will be printed out for the entire school and also distributed to the public through the library. The entry deadline is January 15th. Winners are presented awards in March. Please contact Shelby Cook if you are interested in participating.

Poster contest

In 1974 the Swain SWCD (formerly Tuckaseigee SWCD) designated a day known as Conservation Field Day to educate students about the field of natural resources conservation. On this day, students circulate in groups to different stations to hear lectures and participate in demonstrations. Topics typically include forestry, wildlife, air quality, environmental stewardship, stream bank dynamics, soils science, and outdoor recreation safety. Conservation Field Day takes place mid-April.

Conservation Field Day 2016

ENVIROTHON PROGRAM - Middle and High School Students
The Envirothon is an academic competition where five member teams are quizzed on their knowledge of aquatics, current environmental issues, forestry, soils, and wildlife. Teams from the sixteen western counties compete against each other for a chance to advance to the State competition. Cash prizes and scholarships are presented to the top teams in the middle school and high school category. The District sponsors teams each year. Training is a must. Please, contact Creeden Kowal if you are interested in putting together a team. Notice must be provided by February 15th. For more information visit www.ncenvirothon.org

Envirothon at high school.
Environthon middle school.
Air quality camp.


Soil and Water Conservation Office
100 Brendle Street
Bryson City, NC 28713

Creeden Kowal
Phone 828-488-2684, ext. 3106



Shelby Cook
Education Coordinator
Phone 828-488-2684, ext. 3099

Office Hours:
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Monday - Friday