NARD Foundation

NARD Foundation

The Nebraska Association of Resources District's Foundation was established as a way to support students with a desire to enter the field of natural resources. Your contribution to the NARD Foundation will help provide scholarships, intern­ships and support for high school students to continue their education in natural resources. The NARD Foundation puts funds raised towards our youth as they develop an interest in a variety of natural resources programs. Your donation can be directed to one of these areas or any combina­tion.

The NARD Foundation supports programs where people of all ages can learn more about natural resources. Funds are raised through a variety of activities including the Ron Bishop Memorial Golf Tournament, a 5K run and a live and silent auction at the NARD Annual Conference.

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Contributions to the NARD Foundation are tax deductible. If you would like to make a donation to the NARD Foundation,  mail a check payable to the NARD Foundation or donate online here

NARD Foundation
8100 S. 15th St., Suite B
Lincoln, NE 68512


Annually, funds are dispersed by the NARD Foundation for the following programs:

Raising Nebraska Exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair

The 25,000 sq. ft. exhibit provides hands-on experiences for all ages to learn more about agriculture and natural resources in Nebraska. Twenty-two districts each contributed $1,000 to help fund a $25,000 contribution to the exhibit.

Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute

A week-long conference held each July for juniors and seniors in high school to learn more about agriculture and natural resources issues.

Agriculture Issues Academy and Awards at the Annual State FFA Convention

NARD Foundation sponsored three awards and sponsored the Annual State FFA Convention held in Lincoln in early April. The awards were Outdoor-Recreation Proficiency, Natural Resources Chapter Award, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Management Career Development Event (CDE).

"Thank you for sponsoring the Natural Resources Speaking Contest at State FFA. I have competed at the state level in this contest for two years and want to share my gratitude for making it possible. Natural Resources are one of our nations bountiful gifts and should be utilized and protected at all costs. I spoke about the implementation of ladybugs into fields in the U.S." -Grace Alder, Stuart FFA (2022)

"Dear NARD Foundation, Thank you so much for your sponsorship of the Outdoor Recreation Proficiency area. The money I received will go towards tuition expenses in college where I will be double-majoring in biology and spanish. FFA has been an all around amazing experience for me and I thank you for all your support!" Sincerely, Brianne Haskell, LDNE, FFA Chapter.

Nebraska Envirothon

An agriculture, wildlife and science competition for school grades 9-12.

"Thank you for all the time and energy that is put into organizing, planning and running the Nebraska Envirothon Program. It is such a valuable program that provides important educational opportunities to us that we would not otherwise have. The experiences are invaluable and help prepare us for the future." -Omaha Concordia High School Envirothon Team (2022)

Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture

Spreads a positive agriculture message to teachers, students and parents about the importance of agriculture and learning about our natural resources. Promotes agriculture in the classroom and agriculture literacy.

Adventure Camp about the Environment (ACE)

The camp is open to sixth through eighth grade students who learn about natural resources.

"Dear NARD Foundation, Thank you so much for your generous donation toward Adventure Camp about the Environment! Your donation helps buy supplies to aid in educating campers about Nebraska's natural resources. We greatly appreciate your continued support!" - ACE Camp committee

Nebraska LEAD (Leadership, Education, Action and Development) Program

This is a two-year fellowship that provides young adults with skills and experiences needed to become leaders and advocates for agriculture.


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