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In 1955, the National Association of Conservation Districts began a national program to encourage Americans to focus on stewardship. Stewardship Week is officially celebrated from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in May. It is one of the world’s largest conservation-related observances.
The program relies on locally-led conservation districts sharing and promoting stewardship and conservation activities.
Districts provide conservation and stewardship field days, programs, workshops and additional outreach efforts throughout their community to educate citizens about the need to care for our resources.
The Soil Stewardship concept involves personal and social responsibility, including a duty to learn about and improve natural resources as we use them wisely, leaving a rich legacy for future generations.
The definition of Stewardship is “the individual’s responsibility to manage his life and property with proper regard to the rights of others.”
Soil Stewardship Week helps to remind us all of the power each person has to conserve natural resources and improve the world. When everyone works together with their local conservation district, that power continuously grows. We have seen these good deeds multiply across the nation’s network of conservation districts and the results are spectacular!
The Marion County Conservation District delivers Soil Stewardship Activity books to all fifth-grade school students each year during this week to help further education our younger generation on the importance of Soil Stewardship.