Welcome to your New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District

We are here to serve the community in several ways: to bring environmental education to any interested class, group or organization, to assist public and private land owners with storm-water management, and to aid the community in open lands preservation and conservation. To read the latest edition of our newsletter, ‘Changing Tides‘, click the link. To learn more about your District click to download our informational brochure, then click here to read our mission statement and learn more about Soil & Water Conservation District history and your local Board of Supervisors. A NHC District program, Outdoor Environmental Learning Centers, has recently been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards program recognizes innovative county government programs that enhance services for residents. View the video here.


Upcoming Events

Conservation Contest Entry Deadline
Jan 25 all-day

January 25th at 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for entry into the Poster, Computer-Designed Slideshow, Essay, and Computer-Designed Poster Contests! For more information, please visit: https://soilwater.nhcgov.com/programs/education-and-outreach/.



Conservation Contest – Public Speaking Event Entry
Jan 29 all-day

Public Speaking Contest Information:

  • Eligible Grades: 7th and 8th Grades
  • Open to all public, private, and homeschool students in New Hanover County
  • Open to student clubs (i.e. 4-H, FFA) in New Hanover County
  • Participants will perform their speech during a live Zoom presentation on January 29, 2021. Winners will be announced via email later that day.

Important Dates:

  • Each participant must register for the contest in advance by January 22, 2021. To register, email arenfranz@nhcgov.com.
  • Contest: January 29th, 2021 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
  • Contest Winner Award Recognition Ceremony: TBD


  • There will be a 1st and 2nd place award in each grade category.
  • 1st Place Winners: Will receive a $25 gift card, an Awards Certificate, and an invitation to the Award Recognition Ceremony
  • 2nd Place Winners: Will receive an Awards Certificate and an invitation to the Award Recognition Ceremony



Soil and Water Conservation: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 100 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7130 • Fax 910-798-7282