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 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 $215 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.
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.
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 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.
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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.