The Delaware Association and its three districts are members of the NACD, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. Delaware’s conservation districts will purchase Stewardship Week materials for distribution to local schools and church organizations as funding permits.


For more information about Stewardship Week materials available through your local conservation district, call 832-3100, ext. 3 in New Castle County, 741-2600, ext. 3 in Kent County, or 856-3990 ext. 3 in Sussex County.


The Delaware Association of Conservation Districts (DACD) encourages you to think about your personal responsibility to be a good steward of Delaware’s natural resources, including soil, during its annual Stewardship Week celebration. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has proclaimed April 26 to May 3, as Stewardship Week.

The 2009 Stewardship Week is themed “DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil.” Soil supports forests, wetlands, grasslands, tundra, and aquatic ecosystems. Soil makes up the outer layer of the earth’s surface, nourishing the plants we eat, the animals we use for food and fiber, and the thriving underground kingdom of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, earthworms and other microbes that are critical to the planet’s food web. Soil directly and indirectly effects agricultural production, water quality and climate. Thanks to the earth’s soils, most of the rainfall hitting the planet is trapped and absorbed, watering plants and replenishing aquifers, rivers, lakes and streams. 

Correlating education materials were developed based on an exhibition created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and sponsored by the Soil Science Society of America and the Nutrients for Life Foundation. Age-appropriate activity books, posters, calendars, bookmarks, activity placemats and other items are available for a small fee through NACD. To learn more about Stewardship Week and the available materials, as well as download the educators guide and church leaders guide, you can visit www.nacdnet.org/stewardship/2009.

“We encourage educators and church leaders to visit the site to see what materials are available to them to aid them in spreading the word about the importance of protecting the soil and being good stewards of our natural resources,” said DACD president Terry Pepper. “The materials are a valuable resource for educators and can be used throughout the year, not just during this annual observance.”

“Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, the protection of soil from erosion and degradation has greatly increased through the work of conservation districts and our partners.  These conservation groups assist landowners and the general public through education and technical assistance as to the importance of the soil and how to properly manage it,” said NACD President Steve Robinson. “Soil is one of our precious natural resources that we must conserve for the next generation. All communities benefit when they have a better appreciation of soil and its connections to our everyday life. Conservation districts are working with local communities to instill the appreciation for our natural resources across America.”

The Delaware Association and its three districts are members of the NACD, which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country. Delaware’s conservation districts will purchase Stewardship Week materials for distribution to local schools and church organizations as funding permits. 

For more information about the National Association of Conservation Districts, please visit www.nacdnet.org. For more information about Stewardship Week materials available through your local conservation district, call 832-3100, ext. 3 in New Castle County, 741-2600, ext. 3 in Kent County, or 856-3990 ext. 3 in Sussex County.