Mysteries of Soil

Annual Poster Contest

The annual Conservation Poster Contest provides kindergarten through twelfth grade students an opportunity to share their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.  Each year, the poster contest begins at the district level.  Individuals and teachers with questions regarding the local contest chould contact Lindy Durham at 501-5175 or dur24@co.henrico.va.us.  All entries will receive a prize!  Winners at the local level will have their winning poster entries sent to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Districts for consideration at the state level.  State winners advance to the national contest.  Click here for contest rules.  Entries are due to Henricopolis on or before October 14!  All entries must be accompanied by an Entry Form (pdf.)

Our Newsletter

Summer 2014 Newsletter


2014 Meeting Notices

  • January Board Meeting – Thursday, January 16, 3:00 p.m., Henrico Human Services Board Room
  • February Board Meeting – Thursday, February 20, 3:00 p.m., Henrico Human Services Board Room
  • March Board Meeting – Thursday, March 20, 3:00 p.m., Henrico Human Services Board Room
  • April Board Meeting – Thursday, April 17, 3:00 p.m., Henrico Human Services Board Room
  • May Board Meeting – Thursday, May 15, 3:00 p.m., Henrico Human Services Board Room
  • June Board Meeting – Thursday, June 19, 3:00 p.m., Henrico Human Services Board Room
  • July Board MeetingThursday, July 10, 3:00 p.m., Room 2029, Henrico County Training Center (This is a change)
  • August Board Meeting – Thursday, August 21, 3:00pm, Henrico Human Service Board Room
  • September Board Meeting – Thursday, September 18, 3:00pm, Henrico Human Service Board Room
  • October Board Meeting – Thursday, October 16, 3:00pm, Henrico Human Service Board Room
  • November Board Meeting – Thursday, November 20, 3:00pm, Henrico Human Service Board Room
  • December Board Meeting – Thursday, December 18, 3:00pm, Henrico Human Service Board Room

 


Living In Your Watershed

Living In Your Watershed is designed especially for 4th grade students.  It explores the importance of Henrico County’s watersheds and how to protect them.  The program includes finding the school’s watershed address and discussing issues that endanger our watersheds.  Each student receives a copy of Living In Your Watershed by Daniel C. Bowman.  Fourth grade science SOL 4.9 is addressed in this program.  For more information on this program or to schedule a session, contact Lindy Durham at dur24@co.henrico.va.us.

 


I ♥ Soil!

I ♥ SOIL! is designed for 3rd grade students.  It explors the importance of soil to plants and animals– especially humans!  Third grade science SOL 3.7 is addressed in this program.  For more information on this program or to schedule a session, contact Lindy Durham at dur24@co.henrico.va.us .

 


Who Polluted the River?

This 30-minute program engages students in an interactive story to learn how, as human populations have grown and land uses have changed, many of our rivers have become polluted. While conservation of our natural resources applies to all ages, the Standards of Learning addressed in this program include:  1.8, 3.6, 3.9 and 3.10.  For more information on this program or to schedule a session, contact Lindy Durham at dur24@co.henrico.va.us.

 


What kind of tree is that?

Learn more about common native trees of Virginia.


Conserving Our Natural Resources Henricopolis Soil and Water Conservation District is a subdivision of state government responsible under state law for natural resource conservation. We are one of 47 Soil and Water Conservation Districts serving localities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its boundaries are those of Henrico County. The District is governed by a board of directors formed of local citizens who serve without pay. The District works hand-in-hand with state, federal, and county agencies and departments, other conservation organizations, schools, and other community partners to achieve our conservation objectives. Education and Outreach The District offers many educational programs which target a variety of audiences. Henricopolis has placed increasing emphasis on classroom education programs based on the VA Standards of Learning. Resources include activities, games, models, videos, skits, and more. The District also has a variety of resources available to teachers for use in the classroom.

Agriculture ProgramsAgriculture Best Management Practice Cost-Share Program Conservation Planning Assistance Nutrient Management Planning Assistance Conservation Programs Residential Soil Test ProgramSeedling Giveaway Rain Barrel ProgramWorkshops

Technical Assistance District staff is available to assist homeowners and help them assess the environmental impact of various site-specific problems such as soil erosion, storm-water runoff, or drainage issues. Other Resources The District maintains and updates a large quantity of conservation reference materials, technical sheets, and brochures in the District office. The USDA Soil Survey of Henrico County is available for review in the District office. Various maps pertaining to topography, wetland, and hydrologic information as well as historic aerial photographs are also available for review in the District office. These resources are available to both the public and private sector for review.

What is a Watershed?

Learn about Virginia’s watersheds.


Our Mission, Vision

Our Mission: To educate and guide Henrico citizens in the sustainable use of our natural resources.Our Vision: Clean Waters, Productive Soils.