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.
2019 marks the 64th year to celebrate NACD Stewardship Week and honors the theme “Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper.” Click the logo above to be redirected to 2019 Stewardship Week resources pertaining to this theme.
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 a screening of the Living Soil documentary.
- 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 tree seedlings and plant 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.
- Conduct an invasive species management project in a high school backyard, focused on soil health management practices.
Stewardship Week Materials
- 2019: Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper stewardship materials
- How to host a Living Soil film screening:
- Stewardship Week Proclamation Template
- Stewardship Week Press Release Template
- Public Service Announcements
- Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper PowerPoint