The Clark County Conservation District along with the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, sponsor the Jim Claypool Conservation Art and Writing Contest. Schools winners are recognized at the District’s Annual Banquet with certificates, tee-shirts, gift cards and cash awards. The local FFA prepare and serve the Annual Banquet meal and provide flowers raised in the FFA greenhouse to decorate the Banquet Hall.
Each year the Clark County Conservation District awards a graduating senior the William W. Thorn Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1000. The scholarship can be used at a college, junior college, university or technical school of their choice. The candidates must be majoring in agriculture or related sciences and maintain a 3.0 grade average in high school. The Scholarship is presented to the winner at the District’s Annual Banquet.
In coordination with the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the district participates in their Matching Tree Seedling Program. In March of each year, free tree seedling are offered during a one day give away. The District provides pine seedlings to local brownie and scout troops to support their observance of Arbor Day. The local FFA Organization assists in the distribution of the seedlings.
The District supports a variety of nature camps that allow youth to develop confidence and skills that last a lifetime. Each year the District sponsors campers from the community to attend the Kentucky Forestry Leadership Camp, 4-H Camp and the Kentucky Fish & Wildlife Camp. Camp activities include: wildlife and entomology identification, archery, swimming, hunting and firearm safety, canoeing, outdoor survival and fishing. These outdoor experiences allow campers to gain basic and safe instruction that develop skills related to our natural resources.