Support for High School Conservationists


The RCD supports high school students in their journey of learning about natural resources and agriculture. We offer:

RCD Conservation Scholarship

The RCD Conservation Scholarship is an annual scholarship program for graduating high school seniors pursuing further education in the fields of resource conservation, environmental sciences, biology or agriculture. The scholarship is available to students residing in the RCD of Greater San Diego County boundaries (click here for map). Up to seven scholarships of $1,000 are awarded each year.

This program is now open to applications through Google forms. All applications must be completed and submitted online with a valid Google account. Click here for the application and all information regarding eligibility and scoring. Applications are due by 5 pm Monday, April 8th. Winners are notified by mail and receive their prize at their school’s Senior Awards Night.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be residents within the RCD of Greater San Diego County’s sphere of influence (see map).
  • Have successfully completed three years of study at an accredited high school.
  • Be nearing completion of their fourth year in high school while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Expect, or have received, a “notice of intent” to enroll in undergraduate college courses related to resource conservation or agriculture.

Please contact our office with any questions.


Range Camp

Each year, the RCD offers one fully sponsored place at Range Camp, a week-long opportunity for students aged 15-18 to discover the science and management of our natural resources and learn from experienced professionals and university faculty. The RCD sponsorship includes payment of the $450 camp fee and round-trip airfare. Camp takes place in June and is located near Half Moon Bay.

To be eligible, students must be between 15-18 years of age and live or attend high school in our service area, which covers the majority of the County. Click here for a map. We will post 2019 Range Camp information when it becomes available.


Speak-Off competition

Every year, the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) hosts a competition for high school students who want to speak out about conservation. Students first compete at the regional level, with the top speakers advancing to the state competition. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three competitors at both the regional and state levels:

• Regional Competition: $250 first place; $150 second place; $100 third place (first place winner advances to state competition)
• State Competition: $300 first place; $200 second place; $100 third place

To compete in the regional competition – with the hopes of advancing to the State Speak-Off – students are invited to prepare a video submission of a three to five-minute speech on the topic above. See the links below for all the program rules and eligibility. This program will be open to applications in the Fall. Please check back for additional information. 

Click here for program rules & eligibility

Watch this video to learn more!


SLEWS: Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship

SLEWS is a program that engages high school students in habitat restoration and conservation through a series of hands-on field days at real projects. During the field days and other program activities, students gain science skills and knowledge about, and connection to, the land. SLEWS was developed by the Center for Land-Based Learning and the RCD is in the process of bringing this great program to San Diego County. If your school is interested in participating, please contact our office for more information.