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NRCS ResourcesReading, Writing and Natural Resources

Our National Teachers and Students website offers resources for young conservationists. Students can learn about soil, water, air, plants and animals and what we can all do to protect those resources.

 You can find:

  •  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 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 – Pollinators All Around is our newest pollinator poster, which features children and animals in a variety of environments. Kids can take time to discover all the bees, hummingbirds, bats, butterflies and more, showing why protecting pollinators is important. A new one is produced annually each year. 
  • Backyard Conservation lesson plans have been grouped in sets for elementary through high school students and offer hands-on studies that promote field investigation. The collection of NRCS resources and comprehensive listings of science websites provide teachers standardized information created from sound scientific research in the field of environmental conservation. 

All publications are free at the NRCS distribution center.

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.

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 emailing