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.
In FY 2013 - 14, more than $55,000 were raised for the NARD Foundation to support programs where people of all ages can learn more about natural resources. Funds were 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. More than $47,000 was dispersed in FY 13- 14 to fund 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 fun 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.
Ag Day on the Hill
NARD Foundation sponsored five Nebraska college students to attend National Ag Day in Washington D.C. to learn 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).
"Dear NARD Foundation, Thank you so much for sponsoring the Outdoor Recreation Entrepreneurship/Placement Proficiency awards. Filling out my proficiency and interviewing was fun and very educational. I learned many new skills that I will be able to use in the future." Sincerely, Kassidy Jelinch, West Holt, FFA.
"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.
An agriculture, wildlife and science competition for school grades 9 - 12.
"We would like to thank everyone in the NARD Foundation for the time and effort spent organizing and running the Envirothon program. We appreciate the opportunity to learn and compete because of your work. Thank you, also, for the pledged support to help send us to Canada in July 2016." Sincerely, the Concordia High School Envirothon Team.
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 towards the 2016 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
Provides young adults with skills and experiences needed to become leaders and advocates for agriculture.
If you would like to make a donation to the NARD Foundation to further the education of high school and college students, contact the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts. Your contributions to the NARD Foundation are tax deductible.
601 S. 12th St. Suite 201
Lincoln, NE 68508