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Guilford Soil & Water Conservation District offers professional development opportunities for formal and non-formal educators. Guilford Soil & Water Conservation District may certify educators in the following environmental education curriculum:



Project WET: Water Education for Teacher Grades K-12: Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary water education program intended to supplement a school's existing curriculum. The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids and through the establishment of state sponsored Project WET programs. Project WET offers the educator: activity guides and modules designed for K-12. By using Project WET services and resource materials, young people will gain the knowledge, skill and commitment needed to make informed decisions about water resource uses and conservation. 

Courses are typically six hours for 0.6 CEU or 6 hours Criteria 1 (Environmental Educator Certificate) with a 4 hour homework option for 1.0 CEU or 10 hours Criteria 1.


FLPProject Food, Land, and People Grades K-12: Project Food, Land & People is committed to helping people of all ages better understand the interrelationships among agriculture, the environment, and people of the world. This program is for teachers, educators, and parents teaching grades Pre K-12th. The curriculum used, Resources for Learning, consists of 55 hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons that cover subjects ranging from environmental science and stewardship to human populations, health, and land use issues. FLP follows the K-12 competencies in the NC Standard Course of Study as set forth by the NAAEE.

Courses are typically six hours for 0.6 CEU or 6 hours Criteria 1 (Environmental Educator Certificate) with a 4 hour homework option for 1.0 CEU or 10 hours Criteria 1.


LEP IMAGELeopold Education Project Grades 5-12: LEP uses Aldo Leopold's writings as a springboard for engaging students in natural science curriculum. LEP uses the outdoors as a learning laboratory to connect with the essentials standards. Modern learning theory supports experimental and project based learning as ways for students to construct meanings. As part of the NC Professional Teachers Standards section III-D, LEP encourages teachers to lessons to suit not only particular students and settings but also teaching and learning philosophies.

The Leopold Education Project (LEP) is an interdisciplinary education Program based on the works of Aldo Leopold. It promotes sound science and literature. It provides teachers with the tools to give students direct experiences with the natural and cultural world outside the classroom, as well as promotes critical thinking skills. 

Courses are typically six hours for 1.0 CEU or 10 hours Criteria 1 (Environmental Educator Certificate) with a recommended homework: to read Aldo Leopold’s A Sand County Almanac.


Participants leave with curriculum resources, typically provided free of charge. Contact Millie Langley to schedule a program or check out our Upcoming Events to see what is already scheduled.