Education and Outreach

Agriculture & Sustainable Energy STEM Career Academy Tricities

Benton Conservation District (BCD) is a proud recipient of the Friends of NACD Grant in 2023.  BCD partnered with Benton PUD, Washington Grain Commission, Franklin PUD, Grant PUD, Energy Northwest, Franklin Conservation District, Walla Walla Conservation District, Pacific Northwest National Labs, Washington State University Tri-Cities, City of Richland Energy Services, CHS Sun Basin Growers, Educational…… Continue reading →

Conservation Districts Collectively Leverage Resources to Deliver STEM Academy Program to Local Students in Washington’s Tri-Cities Area

Evolving organically from long-standing local partnerships, the Foundation for Water & Energy Education Ag. & Sustainable Energy Career Academy Tri-Cities was designed to connect students to hands-on, professional-led, career-focused experiences in the energy, agriculture, and conservation industries. The Benton Conservation District Board has long recognized the importance of river services to the local community’s quality…… Continue reading →

Maine SWCD coordinates Arbor Day event for elementary students

Maine’s Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District helped coordinate a tree planting event on Arbor Day with elementary students from Lisbon Community School. “We planned a full schedule so all students would have time to be outside, learn about their local forest ecosystem, and participate in planting a native tree,” said Emma Lorusso, Androscoggin…… Continue reading →

Seeking Leaders in Windy Times

By Sunni Heikes-Knapton and Ray Ledgerwood When the winds of life blow our way, what do we do? It depends on who you are. Some complain.  Others wait for change. The truly wise ones understand the conditions for what they are, and they adapt to persevere. These realists are our modern-day leaders, and they learned…… Continue reading →

NACD Supports Boot Camp Bridge

By Teresa Matteson Thanks to NACD funding, I attended NRCS Conservation Planning Boot Camp in Lincoln, Neb., in May of 2018. Entering a room of 34 classmates, many of whom were less than half my age, was a bit daunting. During the first week of the course, Darnell Dunson, one of my younger classmates, initiated…… Continue reading →

A Reflection on the 2019 Conservation Careers Workshop

By Sunni Heikes-Knapton The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) welcomed 10 students from universities across the United States to participate in the 2019 Conservation Careers Workshop at NACD's 73rd Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. This workshop was aimed at introducing college students to the history, trends and…… Continue reading →

Conservation District Hosts National Land and Range Judging Contest, NRCS Chief

[caption id="attachment_30902" align="alignright" width="342"] NRCS Chief Matt Lohr, pictured far right, with competitors.[/caption] Every year in May, nearly 1,000 4-H and FFA students and coaches from over 34 states gather for the National Land and Range Judging Contest. Students test their skills in judging the adaptability of the land for various purposes, including farming, range…… Continue reading →

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