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NACD Advocacy Training

NACD developed this training module in 2014 through the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation. This interactive video includes training on leadership expectations of district boards, determining the proper roles for district board members and staff, political advocacy, shaping public opinion, how to craft an elevator speech, coalition building and more.


Leadership and Advocacy Training for Conservation Districts

Interested in learning how you can become a more effective leader and advocate for conservation? Designed for conservation district officials, and made possible through the generous support of the Walton Family Foundation, this PowerPoint presentation was used in an interactive training session developed by NACD staff and leadership explores topics including: leadership expectations, political engagement, shaping public opinion, gaining positive media coverage, and developing and expanding partnerships.

NACD Advocacy Training Participant Handout

This document includes background information on the topics presented. You’ll find sample oaths of office, a detailed description of NACD’s policy process, examples of how to write an effective email to your Representatives, tips for hosting lawmakers on a conservation tour, sample op eds and a guide for building effective coalitions.

NACD Advocacy Training Participant Worksheets

These worksheets pertain to leadership expectations, board-staff relations, political advocacy, shaping public opinion and coalition building. These worksheets should be completed while the training is being conducted.

NACD Advocacy Training Presenter Guide

This document is intended for advocacy training facilitators and contains the answer key to the participant worksheets, as well as the background information provided in the participant handout.

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