Information About the Contest
Please consider donating to the Windward SWCD to support the CAP contest this year.
The Conservation Awareness Program (CAP) gives interested youths and organized groups an opportunity to learn about, appreciate, and understand Hawaiian soil and water resources.
Student teams or individuals, grades 9-12, compete in three hands-on land judging scenarios. County level winners will continue on to the State level competition. The program is sponsored by the Oahu Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) in cooperation with USDA-NRCS and U.H. Cooperative Extension Service.
This years contest will be held in October.
Calling All Educators!
- Participation is FREE
- Experience local soils and agriculture
- Get your hands dirty
- Prizes and opportunity to compete off island
- Teacher Training and resources provided
Contact us if you are interested in participating in this years contest. The application deadline is August 15th.
Interested teachers and youth are trained by district and NRCS personnel about the land and how to value its usefulness, including: physical features of the soil (texture, slope, depth, permeability, and erosion); major factors affecting land use (soil properties, rainfall, elevation, wind velocity, flooding); land capability classification; recommended conservation practices; and judging land for a homesite.