Educational Events

Conservation Festival

Each year the UWNRD hosts an educational day for fifth grade students in the district. The festival is typically planned for the first Tuesday in May . Students have the opportunity to visit different presenters who set up hands-on stations to teach about conservation.

Ace Camp

ACE CAMP Adventure Camp About the Environment hosted by Nebraska’s NRDs. The camp is held at Halsey 4-H Camp Facility in June of each year.  Students who have completed grades 6, 7 and 8 within the current school year are able to attend.  Registration is $225 per student, with scholarship money available once the student returns home from camp.


During the camp the students will learn about water, wildlife, forestry, outdoor survival, range weather and soils.


ACE Camp Brochure

Range Camp

Every year the State 4-H Camp in Halsey hosts the Society for Range Management Nebraska Range Youth Camp. The SRM Nebraska Range Youth Camp is for young adults age 14 -18. The NRD offers a scholarship of $275 to each chosen applicant, which covers the complete cost of the camp including meals, lodging, recreation, camp insurance, and transportation while at the camp. Range camps provides students with the opportunity to learn more about range management and also become more aware of natural resources.

Range Judging

Approximately 60% of the Upper Niobrara White Natural Resources District is rangeland. Range Judging competitions are engaging events that enhance the participants knowledge of rangeland plants, and management methods.

Co-sponsorship of the Range Judging contest rotates between the three panhandle NRDs.  The State Range Judging committee oversees all range judging in the state, This committee also selects host counties for the event, and sets the rules and regulations. They meet annually and also the evening before the competition.

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.

Teacher of the Month

More information coming!

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.


What is the Nebraska Envirothon

Download: 2019 Envirothon Newsletter

The Nebraska Envirothon is a competition designed for high school students (9-12th grades) to test their knowledge about the environment. Five-member teams compete at the regional level in seven environmental study subjects. They are soils, aquatics, forestry, policy, wildlife, range and a current issue topic called the special topic question. For the state competition, an oral presentation is added to the testing on a current issue. The topic is selected by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon Committee.

Why take the time to organize and coach a team for this competition?

A growing number of jobs are being created that involve Nebraska’s natural resources. This is an opportunity to give students hands-on experience working with the environment and exposure to a variety of careers working in and around the environment.

What makes the Envirothon different from other extra-curricular activities students already participate in?

The Nebraska Envirothon competition gives students the opportunity to take what they’ve learned in the classroom & apply it to real-life situations. Students are given the chance to interact with resource professionals who currently work in environmental fields and show students the link between academics and the business world.

Links & Forms


Fall 2019 Newsletter


Spring 2019 Newsletter


Scholarship Form

Make a Positive Impact on your Environment & Community

Our organization is built of enthusiastic and passionate employees focused on creating a healthy, thriving natural environment. Interested in leaning more? Contact us today.

No positions currently open.

(308) 432-6190

(308) 432-6187

Mailing Address:
430 East Second Street
Chadron, Nebraska 69337

For specific contact information related to UNWNRD Board and Staff, please see the ‘About Us’ page.

To learn more about Nebraska’s NRDs, please see the ‘Links’ page.