Education is a critical element of the conservation effort at the local, state and national levels. Educating youth ensures that the next generation will be wise stewards of America's natural resources. Helping today's adults and students understand the need for effective conservation practices builds on the conservation legacy. Through NACD’s Stewardship and Education efforts, we assist districts extend the reach of their education programs.
For more than 50 years, NACD has sponsored a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. The program relies on locally-led conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation activities. While the program encourages good stewardship year round, Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. The theme for NACD's 2016 Soil and Water Stewardship Week is April 24 to May 1, 2016. We All Need Trees is the theme. Visit Stewardship and Education link for additional information.
In addition to producing education materials for the Stewardship Program, NACD provides additional education tools to districts. Visit our education resources by topic (soil to spoon, forestry, habitat, soil, water is life, watershed, and energy education pages), Backyard Conservation tip sheets, and presentations available for district use.
Contests provide an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy healthy competition while learning about conservation. NACD and the NACD Auxiliary annually partner to host the National Poster Contest and the Photo Contest. NACD also serves as a sponsor and judge for the annual Envirothon contest.
PDFs in high and low resolutions of this year's education and stewardship materials are available at the following link: We All Need Trees Materials
Past year materials are available for sale at the NACD Marketplace Store, along with plaques, trophies, ribbons for winners in your poster, speech, essay and other conservation contests. The store also features, pencils, service pins, wearable items from Cabela’s and more!