Stewardship and Education

Education is a critical element of the conservation effort at the local, state, and national levels. Educating young people about the benefits of conservation helps to ensure the next generation will be wise stewards of America’s natural resources. NACD assists districts with their stewardship and education efforts by offering the following materials and opportunities.

Stewardship Program

For more than 50 years, NACD has sponsored a national program to encourage natural resources stewardship. The program relies in large part on conservation districts as they share and promote stewardship and conservation activities year-round and during Stewardship Week, the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. The theme for NACD’s 2016 Soil and Water Stewardship Week is “We All Need Trees.” Check out our Stewardship Program for additional information.


NACD contests provide an excellent opportunity for students of all ages to demonstrate their artistic skills and knowledge of conservation. NACD and NACD Auxiliary partner to host the National Poster and Photo Contests on an annual basis. NACD also serves as a sponsor and judge for the National Conservation Foundation’s annual Envirothon competition.

NACD Marketplace

Education materials and items are available for sale at the NACD Marketplace, along with plaques, awards, service pins, and wearable items from Cabela’s!

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