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Reading, writing and natural resources. New web page offers resources for young conservationists.

S.K. Worm helps students learn about the importance of healthy soil
Just in time for the new school year, NRCS unveiled its new Teachers and Students webpage, home to age-appropriate scholastic resources. These tools are designed to help students learn about soil, water, air, plants and animals and what we can all do to protect those resources.

The webpage’s components include:


  S.K. Worm Photo  S.K. Worm shares his scientific knowledge on the significance of soil on his guided interactive soil tour. Other NRCS characters, like Major Mulcher and Not-Till Bill, take students through activities that teach the basics of clean water and how it can be used wisely in a free packet called Your Hometown Clean Water Tour.

For the Good of the People 

For the Good of the People

For the Good of the People helps student learn where their food comes from, how it is produced and what they can do to conserve resources now and in the future. This 32-page booklet is written for a fifth grade audience and can be downloaded for free here.
    The Wonder of Discovery The Wonder of Discovery – Pollinators All Around 

NRCS offers a variety of posters that spotlight pollinators, including its newest, The Wonder of Discovery – Pollinators All Around. Kids can take time to discover all the bees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies and more, showing why protection pollinators is important. A new one is produced annually each year.

All are available free at NRCS’ Distribution Center.
    Educational Resources Educational resources are compiled for students of all ages. Teachers can also download lesson plans, posters and informational publications about natural resources and the history of land use and conservation
WhoBuddies WhoBuddies Adventures -

The Whobuddies are six unique owl cartoon characters who really care about the environment. In "The Mystery of the Sick Stream" and "The Great Soil Discovery," you can read about their adventures with Connor and his classmates as they work with the Whobuddies to help protect the natural resources in their school's watershed.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? View the Distribution Center’s “How to Order Online” fact sheet or contact them by calling (515) 270-4864 or sending an email to