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Local Heroes-Your Hardworking Pollinators

Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators



The NACD Stewardship and Education Committee is pleased to announce the theme for the 2015 NACD education materials, “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators”.  The materials developed will support Soil and Water Stewardship Week, April 26 to May 3, 2015, as well as additional education outreach.  2015 will be the 60th anniversary for Soil and Water Stewardship Week, which started as a national event in 1955

  NACD would like to thank conservation district staff, Deb Ruff, IL, Cindy Pierce, WA, Erin Snyder, CA, Rick Mickowski, DE, Gina DeMarco, RI, Karla Beatty, OK (Conservation Commission) were reviewers of the materials.

Staff from the Pollinator Partnership (www.pollinator.org) were technical reviewers of the the materials and a project partner with NACD.

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 Presidential Pollinator Health Plan - Education and Outreach Task Force - USDA members: Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are also partners in the "Local Heroes: Your Hardworking Pollinators" project with NACD.

NACD 2014Pollinators EducatorsGuide HREducators Guide |PDF|

Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators

Download this PDF educators guide file to have activities to go with the

theme, along with Next Generation Science Standards, objectivies,

vocabulary words for each student booklet.  The activities can be

used with or without the student booklets.

You will also will find additional resources on the topic and selection of books.                                                                                                                               This guide will only be available for download.  You can provide the webiste link to your teachers and other educators so they can download the guide. http://www.nacdnet.org/education/resources/local-heroes

These activities are great for your field days. classroom presentations, promotion of the poster contest, and for use by other educators.

Student Worksheets 

These worksheets are additional worksheets to what you will find in the educators guide above.

Level 1-a -Gr K-1 - Pollinators & Plants |PDF|

Level 1-b - Gr K-1 - Bees Are Pollinators |PDF|

Level 2-a - Gr 2-3 - Pollinator Hunt |PDF| UPDATED 2-2015

Level 2-b - Gr 2-3 - Pollinators & Ice Cream |PDFUPDATED 3-2015

Level 3-a - Gr 4-5 - Dining Out-Pollinator Buffet |PDF|

Level 3-b - Gr 4-5 - Pollinator Search |PDF|

Level 4-a - Gr-6-8 - Snooping in Pollinator Materials -Part 1 |PDF|

Level 4-b - Gr 6-8 - Pollinators Matter - Part 2 |PDF|                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Habitat Activities  |PDF|  

Utilize this set of activities from our 2010 theme - Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats  

Great additional resource. 



Flyer of all the NACD Local Heroes Education Materials |PDF|

Education Materials Planning Sheet |PDF|




(Not printable or downloadable)  Order from the NACD Marketplace  CLICK HERE

Product Name

Level 1 Student Booklet -– Local Heroes/Pollinators

Level 2 Student Booklet - Local Heroes/Pollinators

Level 3 Student Booklet - Local Heroes/Pollinators

Level 4 Student Booklet  - Local Heroes/Pollinators

Big Book - Local Heroes/Pollinators

Bookmark - Local Heroes/Pollinators

Poster - Local Heroes/Pollinators


String bag - Local Heroes/Pollinators


*NEW* Banner A Item 1-SW date Local Heroes/Pollinators (File Only - not printed))

                Item 2 - no SW date

*NEW* Banner B Item 3-date - Clothe Us - Feed Us

                Item 4 - no SW date (File only -  not printed_



POSTER CONTEST INFORMATION is now available. CLICK HERE to visit the pageYou will find a promo powerpoint, resource list, and more.   

LOGO:  Visit our Flickr site to to download the "Local Heroes - Your Hardworking Pollinators in a JPEG format.  You can download as a EPS (43.3MB) or Vector (37.22MB) format. These 2 links will take you to a site called Hightail for download due to their size. Logo will be in Black and White, Color, Transparent and with the year 2015 for you to select from on the Flickr site.    

Flickr Instructions:

  1. Click the image you want to download.
  2. On the right-hand side, beneath the photo, you will see a bar containing the name of the file and several icons. Click the icon that looks like three dots - it's the last icon on the right, after the one that looks like two arrows.
  3. When you click the icon, a menu will pop up. Select "view all sizes."
  4. There are several options for sizes on this page, from small to large.
  5. Click "download the (selected size) size of this photo."
  6. Open with your preferred image program and save to your computer. 

NACD Soil and Water Stewardship Week Webpage - 2015 Soil and Water Stewardship Week page

News Release, PSA for TV & Cable &Radio, PSA for movie screens, proclamation and more!

Visit additional NACD education materials - http://www.nacdnet.org/education


Questions? Contact Susan Schultz

NACD Education & Stewardship Specialist


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Closeup Adult 1st(sm)Photo By: Susan Henning, OK



Dig Deeper: Mysteries in the soil


Soil is an amazing substance. A complex mix of minerals, air, and water, soil also teems with countless micro-organisms, and the decaying remains of once-living things. Soil is made of life and soil makes life.
To the farmer, soil is where crops grow.
To the engineer, soil is a foundation upon which to build.
To the ecologist, soil supports communities of living things.
To the archaeologist, soil holds clues to past cultures.
To the city dweller, soil nurtures grass and gardens.

To the soil scientist, soil is all of these things.

Soil has been called "the skin of the earth" because it is the thin outermost layer of the Earth's crust.
Like our own skin, we can't live without soil.
Source: Soil Science Society of America

2014 Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides students in grades kindergarten through 12 an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art. It also highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state associations, auxiliaries and agencies. Resource materials, promotional PowerPoint and more can be found on the 2014 DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil poster contest page.


Education Materials

The new DIG DEEPER - Mysteries in the soil education materials are available to order. There is a 10% discount on order of $150 or more placed by March 15, 2014. Enter code soil2014 during the checkout process to receive the discount. Visit the NACD Marketplace to place your order.  


Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 27 to May 4, 2014.  Visit the stewardship page CLICK HERE

   Education Materials Flyer      Planning Sheet










Online Sample packet of NACD Education Materials.  Viewable - files are not printable.

PLEASE NOTE: some files are large and may take longer to download to view.

Level 1 Grade K-1 Student booklet

Level 2 Grade 2-3 Student booklet

Level 3 Grade 4-5 Student booklet

Level 4 Grade 6 & Up Student booklet



Activity Sheet/Placemat - DD

DIG DEEPER Poster featuring artwork by National Geographic Artist Ned M. Seidler

        Poster ID for DIG DEEPER Poster  Click Here  (printable ID)



DIG DEEPER - Mysteries in the soil Educators Guide - DIG DEEPER.  Overview of each booklet, next generation science starndards correlation, activities, vocabulary words, literature connections, resources and more.  Available to download as a PDF file and printed copies are available from the NACD Marketplace.




Answer key for student booklets. worksheets in the Educators Guide and additional worksheets below.

ANSWER KEYS - Booklets - Ed Guide - Additional Worksheets DD

Poster ID for DIG DEEPER Poster  Click Here  



Additional worksheets can be found in the educators guide link above.

Grade K-1 - DD_K-1_Worksheet_Plants_Food_Soil_2  

Grade K-1 - DD_K-1_Worksheet_Plants_Food_Soil

Grade 2-3 - DD_Gr2-3_Worksheet_Soil_Senses

Grade 2-3 - DD_Gr2-3_Worksheet_Soil_Senses_Earthworms

Grade 4-5 - DD_gr4-5_Worksheet_Soil_Webs

Grade 4-5 - DD_gr4-5_Worksheet_TrophicLevels

Grade 6 and up - DD_Gr6_UP_Worksheet_Minerals (2pages)



Painting with Soil - Click Here

Fun Facts about worms and soil Click Here

Poster ID - DIG DEEPER Poster Click Here


2014 Stewardship Week Information |Click Here| 



Download and use the 2014 Stewardship theme for promotional and educational purposes.

Flickr Instructions:

  1. Click the image you want to download.
  2. On the right-hand side, beneath the photo, you will see a bar containing the name of the file and several icons. Click the icon that looks like three dots - it's the last icon on the right, after the one that looks like two arrows.
  3. When you click the icon, a menu will pop up. Select "view all sizes."
  4. There are several options for sizes on this page, from small to large.
  5. Click "download the (selected size) size of this photo."
  6. Open with your preferred image program and save to your computer.

DIG DEEPER: Mysteries in the soil (high resolution; low resolution and black and white – also in RPG format on flickr)



Water Education Resources

Is water important to your daily life? The answer is yes, and here is why: We use water each and every day. Some of the direct uses are cooking, cleaning and brushing our teeth. There are many indirect uses that sometimes we forget how much water is needed to produce items we use everyday. The food you eat each day relies on water and good soil to produce it. About 4,000 gallons of water are needed to grow one bushel of corn, 11,000 gallons to grow one bushel of wheat and about 135,000 gallons to grow one ton of alfalfa. It also takes 30,000 gallons of water for to manufacture 1 ton of finished steel to build the vehicles we drive.


Water is important to us each and every day, and we all must work together to take care of it.


A Few Facts about Water


  • Of all water on earth, 97.5 percent is salt water, and of the remaining 2.5 percent fresh water, some 70 percent is frozen in the polar icecaps. The other 30 percent is mostly present as soil moisture or lies in underground aquifers. In the end, less than 1 percent of the world’s fresh water (or about 0.007 percent of all water on earth) is readily accessible for direct human uses. It is found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and in underground sources Water is the only substance found on earth in three forms solid, liquid, and gas.
  • A person can live more than a month without food but only about a week, depending on conditions, without water.
  • 66 percent of the human body is water; 75 percent of the human brain is water.
  • The average American uses over 100 gallons of water per day; the average residence uses over 100,000 gallons during an entire year.


Sources:  http://www.water.org/resources/waterfacts.htm and http://www.epa.gov/OGWDW/sdwa/30th/factsheets/pdfs/fs_30ann_waterfacts_web.pdf


Water Education Materials


Materials are no longer available for purchase.  Resource materials on this topic are available below.

Check our Where does your water shed? for our newest water education materials.


Water Education Educators Guide - Activities and information tailored around water use in our everyday life to use with students and adult programs. | PDF |


Water Activities


Activity Supplements (Activities in educators guide)
"Where’s the Groundwater" Vocabulary - A vocabulary list of groundwater-related words and definitions to supplement, Water Is Life Intermediate (Gr 2-3) activity "Where’s the Groundwater." | PDF |


"Clean the Water" Vocabulary - A vocabulary list of words and definitions for the "Clean the Water" activity, Advanced (Gr 4-5). | PDF |


Exhibit, Field Day and Classroom Activities (adaptable for all ages)
Healthy Water Hopscotch Activity - Participants in this printable activity learn about their own impacts on the quality of the water. This activity is great for field days, exhibits or school lesson plans.
Additional resources needed: 11”x17” paper for printing.


  • Instructions | PDF |
  • Signs | PDF |


Water Cycle Spinners - This printable activity goes along with "Project WET's "An Incredible Journey" and is great for field days, exhibits or school lesson plans. | PDF |


Additional Water Resources


Urban Water Garden Project - This project, courtesy of Northern Rhode Island Conservation District, has lessons and activities about rain gardens, teaching students what rain gardens are and how they can plant their very own.

Action Class Project on Water Outreach Information – This resource includes interactive sites, water games, videos and lesson plans, articles and quizzes compiled by students in the classes of Peggy Pennington, ACTION Teacher at the Nevada Middle School and Truman Elementary located in Nevada, Montana. The school works with the Vernon County SWCD, and they are past winners of the Lexus and Scholastic Environmental Challenge.

Outdoor Classroom Resources

Guidelines Features OC NACD 2012Guidelines and Features for Outdoor Classrooms | PDF |
Interested in developing an outdoor classroom at a local school or area in your community? This guide was developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources - Division of Forestry and updated with permission by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD). It is only available in a PDF format that you can print as needed. This guide will give ideas for features in an outdoor classroom as well as setting up a community, funding ideas, curriculum resources and more.

Additional Outdoor Classroom Resources

NACD Outdoor Classroom Survey Results from May 2012 | PDF |

NACD Summer Resource Outdoor Classroom Section | PDF |

NACD Educators Guides (activities, literature connections and please see resource section for additional resources)


Conservation District Ideas and project sharing



GA: Monroe County Conservation District
Brochure for the Julian E Brown Environmental Study Area | PDF |
Matthews Park Brochure | PDF |


IN: Miami County SWCD
Student Pages | PDF |
Leaders Guide | PDF |


SC: Orangeburg Conservation District
Kiosk 101 | PDF |


Check back for additional resources and photos!


If you have photos and resources to share, please send to: Susan Schultz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Outdoor Classroom Questionnaire
Help NACD gather information on conservation districts working in their community to help get students and families outdoors. Conservation districts have been working with outdoor classrooms on school property, local parks and other locations. Please take the time to fill out the information.


Questions? Contact Susan Schultz, NACD Stewardship, Education and Marketplace Project Manager at 317-326-2952, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Habitat Education Resources

Conservation Habits=Healthy Habitats

Conservation of our natural resources is important in every community. Citizens are looking for ways to be involved at their homes, local schools or with community conservation projects. There are plenty of conservation habits that help conserve water, provide shelter for animals, birds and insects, as well as increase their food supplies. Habitats are all across North America and around the world. You can find them in forests, grasslands, deserts, wetlands, arctic tundra as well as right outside your backdoor and in your community.

NACD has created education materials to teach youth and adults the importance of habitats and pollinators.


Habitat Education Materials

NACD Marketplace – All “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats”  education materials are available for to purchase at the NACD Marketplace.

Habitat Education Material Flyer (PDF, 1MB) – Download a flyer of all “Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats” education materials you can purchase from the NACD Marketplace. Available materials include student booklets, posters, bookmarks, the placemat/activity sheet, the CD with PowerPoints for youth and adults and more!

Online Sample Packet Preview (New for 2010) – Preview the sample packet products before you purchase them. These online PDF files of the habitat education materials cannot be printed, but they give you an opportunity to review items before you buy. See the list of items available for preview below. Sample packets are available for purchase on the NACD Marketplace.


Habitat Activities

Habitat Educators Guide (PDF, 1MB) – This online interactive guide is full of great resources to use in the classroom or other educational programs. It contains activities, science standards that complement the Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats student booklets, literature connections, links to additional habitat outreach materials and more. The educators guide is also available in print in quantities of ten from the NACD Marketplace.

How To Make Rain Barrels – Learn how to make a rain barrel and its advantages.

How To Develop A Raingarden – Guide for homeowners from the WI Department of Natural Resources and University of WI - Extension.

Make Flower and Garden Markers from Old Mini-Blinds (PDF, 74KB)
Reuse old mini blinds as markers for your flower beds or garden.  Great make and take project for field days, county fairs and more.

Wetlands Habitat Hopscotch Activity (PDF, 30KB)
Take the kids outside on the sidewalk and hopscotch and learn how birds migrate on a flyway.  Learn the importance of wetlands as habitats.

Natural Resource Topic Book List (PDF, 200KB) – Looking for books to read to students or add to your library collection? Download this list of books that will give students a better understanding of natural resources in their everyday life.


Additional Habitat Resources

Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats Logo, Clip Art and Images – Download and use the 2010 Stewardship theme, habitat clip art and habitat photos for promotional and educational purposes or to enhance your local newsletters, annual reports and articles for your local newspaper.

Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats NACD Resource Winter '09 Feature Story (PDF, 1.8MB) – This is s great resource to share with your local schools, garden clubs, scouts or others interested in habitat development.

Topic Overview of Conservation Habits = Healthy Habitats (PDF, 37KB) – What is conservation and habitats? Information on the topic is reviewed in this handout.

Pervious Concrete Information – Pervious concrete is structural concrete pavement that "drinks" water. Water can pass through it rather than run off into storm drains carrying oil and other pollutants with it.

Pollinator Guides – Use these ecoregional planting guides to plant a pollinator friendly habitat at your home, school or in your community.

Habitat Education Worksheet and Info – Use this presentation created by the Monroe and Brown County SWCD in Indiana. Great for upper elementary and adults. Do you have a habitat worksheet or flyer you would like to share? Please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . | PDF |

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