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NRCS Launches New Educational Resource Website

(Indianapolis, IN) August 21, 2013 - Just in time for the new school year, the nation’s private lands conservation agency is releasing new online education resources.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is unveiling its revamped Teachers and Students webpage, home to a wealth of scholastic resources for youngsters and teachers. These tools help students learn about soil, water, air, plants and animals and how they help us sustain a healthy earth. 

“When we share the importance of conservation with youngsters, we’re investing in our future,” said Jane Hardisty, Indiana NRCS State Conservationist. “We hope by learning more about the basics and benefits of agricultural conservation, more youngsters will be motivated to seek careers in agriculture, conservation and related fields.”

The webpage’s components include a variety of interactive and downloadable classroom activities. Young students will be entertained by fun NRCS characters like S.K. Worm, and older students will enjoy lesson plans that offer hands-on studies that promote field investigation and action.

This collection of NRCS resources provides teachers standardized information created from sound scientific research in the field of environmental conservation. For more information, visit this new-and-improved site at: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/people/teachstudent/.

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Contact Information:
Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist, 317.295.5801 (jane.hardisty@in.usda.gov)  
Kris Vance, Public Affairs Specialist, 317.295.5822 (kris.vance@in.usda.gov)