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We seek to educate municipalities and residents of all ages about best practices for natural resources conservation. We do this through a variety of means; including distributing educational materials, participating in community outreach events, hosting conferences, plant sales, training events, and workshops, and organizing the annual Long Island Regional Envirothon, which draws hundreds of high school students each year.

The NCSWCD regularly offers the NYSDEC endorsed 4-hour Erosion & Sediment Control Training for contractors and municipal employees.   

Check out our Educational Resources for a list of local environmental organizations, government agencies, educational materials, links to databases for research and other helpful information. 

Learn more about your local ecosystem and our role in it by clicking the links below! 


The Long Island Regional Envirothon


The Envirothon® is an environmental and natural resource conservation problem-solving, teambuilding and leadership experience and competition for high school students (grades 9-12 or ages 14-19) across the United States, Canada, and China. Incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles, experiential learning, and hands-on outdoor field experiences, the Envirothon fosters student learning in the five subject areas of:   Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Environmental Issue which changes annually.

Marine Nature Study Area - Oceanside

A Day in the Life of an Estuary


A Day in the Life is a program organized by the South Shore Estuary Reserve focused on environmental education, community engagement and water-quality monitoring. Students will get the opportunity to collect water quality samples, learn about ecosystem services and engage with local flora & fauna.


After the field trip event, the data collected by student groups is processed and shared for analysis—an activity in which students are encouraged to participate in.  This can range from tracking water & soil health throughout Nassau County to GIS analysis of the collected data.

Seeking Volunteers


Interested in protecting your local resources? Looking for a chance to give back to your community?


The Nassau County Soil and Water Conservation District is currently seeking volunteers to help implement various environmental projects. No experience required. Weekend opportunities available.