What is Stewardship Week?
NACD Stewardship Week is one of the largest national programs to promote natural resource conservation. Celebrated annually since 1955 between the last Sunday in April and the first Sunday in May, NACD Stewardship Week reminds us of our individual responsibilities to care for natural resources.
2020 marked the 65th year to celebrate NACD Stewardship Week and honored the theme “Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators?” Click the logo above to be redirected to 2020 Stewardship Week resources pertaining to this theme.
NACD’s 66th Stewardship Week will be celebrated Apr. 25 – May 2, 2021 with the theme “Healthy Forests = Healthy Communities.”
Why Stewardship Week?
Each spring, NACD and thousands of dedicated conservationists organize a multitude of outreach events and educational learning experiences for students and adults in order to increase awareness about the importance of natural resource conservation. During Stewardship Week, local conservation districts and their state associations educate the public on the importance of soil health, water quality, pollinator habitat and other conservation topics. Different classroom activities, field visits and community events are hosted to honor and recognize efforts in conservation at the local level.
How can you celebrate Stewardship Week?
To support a memorable celebration of this year’s Stewardship Week, below are some examples of methods to engage your community in Stewardship Week:
- Host an educational luncheon for local ministers to distribute soil stewardship materials and sign a soil stewardship proclamation.
- Deliver PowerPoint presentations to school students and encourage participation in NACD’s annual poster contest.
- Organize a natural resource festival for elementary school students.
- Produce public service announcements for Stewardship Week and play them on local radio stations.
- Distribute pollinator seeds to students in schools in the county.
- Team up with a local grocery store to provide paper grocery bags for middle school students to design posters.
- Partner with a local gardening group to have pollinator plants and seeds available at the local farmers market.
- Partner with local farms to plant pollinator habitat for the community to see and experience
- Conduct workshops for gardeners, homeowners, schools, farmers and landowners interested in improving soil health.
- Set up a Conservation Station (a mobile learning center) that you can travel with across the state and teach local communities how they can improve water quality and soil health.
- Host a soil health “Lunch and Learn” and a conservation tour for local officials from the Department of Agriculture or Natural Resources.
Check out NACD’s YouTube channel to learn more about NACD’s new Pollinator Field Day Curriculum Guide and view a walkthrough of several interactive activities from the guide.
Stewardship Week Materials
- Stewardship Week Proclamation Template
- Stewardship Week Press Release Template
- Public Service Announcements
- Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators? PowerPoint
- Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators? Toolkit
- Where Would We BEE Without Pollinators? Flyer
- Pollinator Worksheets for:
- Social Media Graphics (right-click to download)