One of the primary objectives of all Soil and Water Conservation Districts is to educate the general public on conservation and wise stewardship.
Educating both children and adults, Districts across the state are active in promoting activities, demonstrations, workshops, sponsorships, and events that educate the general public on the value of natural resources.
NRCW is held every June on the campus of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. The Natural Resources Conservation Workshop is a partnership effort of federal, state, and local conservation agencies and state educational institutions, along with support from private companies and industry groups, working together to educate Georgia's youth on the protection, conservation, and wise management of our natural resources. The Workshop is a week-long camp where students experience both classroom and hands-on learning from agency and industry professionals about Georgia's soil, water, wildlife, forestry, and mineral resources and their application in agriculture and industry within the state. For more information on NRCW, see our web site at www.abac.edu/nrcw.
Stewardship Week was established in 1955 by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) to bring attention to the stewardship of our country's natural resources. It is celebrated each year from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. Conservation districts host field days, workshops, and other events to demonstrate the benefits of conservation and encourage the responsible use of resources. Outreach materials and suggestions for activities to celebrate Stewardship Week may be found on NACD's website.
Conservation Districts throughout the state host field days throughout the year with local partners to demonstrate conservation practices, technologies, or methods to local producers and landowners. Field days are a great way to educate others from the community about best management practices and provide outreach about programs offered through the District or District's partners.
Workshops conducted by Conservation Districts are another effective method of outreach and education for citizens throughout the state. Topics vary by region and district and are organized based on guidance from District Supervisors.
Some Conservation Districts are creative with sponsorships, hosting special events in their local communities throughout the year. This also varies by District, but some exciting special events include Wildlife Shows at area schools, outdoor classrooms, or sponsoring teacher grants for special projects.