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.
2012 Stewardship Week Theme: "Soil to Spoon"
Many of Georgia's conservation districts sponsor a poster contest in recognition of Stewardship Week. Winners of the district contests compete in the statewide competition conducted by GACDS. Statewide grade division winners then go on to compete in the National Association of Conservation District's (NACD) National Conservation Poster Contest. Contestants must compete at the district level in order to advance to the state and national competitions. To find out if your local Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a poster contest: 1.) Go to the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission's website 2.) Locate your county on the map 3.) Click on your region, and 4.) Contact your district's Regional Representative for poster contest details in your area.
The theme of the 2012 Poster Contest is "Soil to Spoon" The contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade public, private, or home school students. First place grade division winners of the statewide competition receive $50 and a certificate. Second place winners receive $30. Grade divisions are:
- K - 1st
- 2nd - 3rd
- 4th - 6th
- 7th - 9th
- 10th - 12th
Information for students and teachers, contest rules, and judging criteria are available on NACD's Poster Contest page. Please email us at email@example.com or call (706) 552-4470 if you have questions about the GACDS Poster Contest.