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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.

Envirothon

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 Jeanne Dryburgh at jdryburgh [at] nrdnet.org with questions.

SPONSOR the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon when Nebraska hosts in 2020! We're raising $350,000 in order to bring the best and brightest science and ag students to Nebraska! Click here for sponsorship information and opportunities!

Poster Contest

The Nebraska Association of Resources Districts along with Nebraska’s Natural Resources Districts provide kindergarten through 12-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.

2019 Poster Contest Theme and Logo: "Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper"

2019 Poster Brochure for NACD Poster Contest

Poster Contest Rules

State posters deadline to Nebraska Association of Resources Districts: Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Local to State Poster Contest Form

Poster Contest Entry Form with Parent Signature - Mandatory

National Posters Deadline: Dec. 1, 2019

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 is held every June 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. Most NRDs offer scholarships for students wanting to go to the camp. Contact your local NRD for information on how to apply.

2019 ACE Camp Dates - June 16 - 19, 2019

ACE Camp Brochure

ACE Camp Poster

For more information and registration forms, please email Upper Loup NRD at ulnrd [at] upperloupnrd.org or call Upper Loup NRD at 308-645-2250. You can also call the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts at 402-471-7670.

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.

2019 Land Judging Dates and Locations

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.