Nebraska's NRDs have a variety of projects and programs to educate both youth and adults about conservation and natural resources. Many districts sponsor or participate in natural resources festivals, teacher workshops, classroom presentations, and more. Districts also help sponsor regional Land Judging Contests, Range Judging Contests and the Nebraska Envirothon, with coordination from NARD.


The Envirothon is a program for 9th-12th grade students to learn more about our natural environment. Students compete in contests that test their knowledge on a wide array of subjects relating to natural resources and the environment. NRDs host regional Envirothon contests around the state each spring. Click on the word, Envirothon for more details. Contact Erika Hill at ehill [at] with questions.

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Poster Contest

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts along with Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts provide kindergarten through twelfth grade students with an opportunity to share their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues. It highlights the educational outreach efforts of conservation districts and their state conservation associations, auxiliaries and/or agencies.

2018 Poster Contest Theme and Logo: "Watersheds; Our Water, Our Home"

2018 Poster Brochure for NACD Poster Contest

More Information - PowerPoint

Poster Contest Rules

State Posters Deadline to Nebraska Association of Resources Districts: Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018

Local to State Poster Contest Form

Poster Contest Entry Form with Parent Signature - Mandatory

National Posters Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017

Nebraska NRD Poster Contest Winners

ACE Camp

Nebraska’s NRDs host the annual Natural Resources Camp called "Adventure Camp about the Environment!" (ACE). ACE is open to 6th-8th graders who have completed 6th, 7th, or 8th grade and want to learn more about natural resources and have an adventure at camp. The areas campers will learn more about include: Aquatics, Forestry, Range and Grassland, Wildlife, Soils and Land. Campers will experience hands-on activities with a variety of speakers from across the state in each of the six areas, and also get a chance to explore possible careers in natural resources. ACE also includes adventure and activities for campers such as a zip-line, tanking and tubing, a campfire and many other games! ACE will be held June 10-13, 2018 at the State 4-H Center near Halsey. The cost of the camp is $215.00 per camper and will include meals, lodging and activities.

2018 ACE Camp Dates - June 10 - 13, 2018

ACE Camp Brochure

ACE Camp Poster

For more information and registration forms, please contact Erika Hill at ehill [at] or 402-471-7672 or email ulnrd [at] or call 308-645-2250.

Contact your local Natural Resources District for scholarship information. You can find your local district by clicking on the map on the homepage of our website at ACE Camp is located at the State 4-H Camp in Halsey, Nebraska.

Find pictures and fun on our ACE Camp Facebook page at Adventure Camp about the Environment!

Land Judging

Land Judging is a high school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of soil structure and land evaluation. Land judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize the physical features of the soil, determine land capability for crop production, and evaluate management practices needed for proper stewardship. Soil, land and home-site evaluation provide a setting for students to investigate the soils in their region, the environment that surrounds them and their effect on their daily lives.

NRDs work with area schools to host Land Judging contests all over the state each fall. Regional winners go on to compete at the state contest.

Range Judging

Range Judging is a high school competition that challenges students to gain a better understanding of Nebraska rangelands which makes up half of the State's land area. Range judging enables each participant to learn how to recognize range plants, range sites and the need for proper grazing practices.

NRDs work with the Society for Range Management, NRCS and UNL Extension to host Range Judging contests all over the state each September.