Soil: The Earth’s Dynamic Skin

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Determining Soil Color

Soil: The Earth’s Dynamic Skin!
(Our most popular program)

What do a carrot, a brick, a glass, and Neosporin all have in common? They would not exist without soil!

Join us for this exciting, hands-on, interactive program on one of our most mysterious natural resources: the Soil! Learn the Soil’s secrets and stories.

Basic Information

  • Programs are either two or four hours in length
  • The four-hour program includes an extended outdoor field component
  • Each program is inquiry-based, interactive, and has a fieldwork component.
  • Maximum participant number: 50
  • Ideal for school Gifted programs
  • Workshops satisfy K-12 Earth, Life, and Physical Science NGSS.

Find out how you can help protect one of our most vital natural resources.

See the Demo Video.

The Program:

  • Learn the many connections between the soil and our lives.
  • Complete a fascinating learning activity on how soil filters water with “Just Passing Through” where students predict which soil will filter the fastest and cleanest water.
  • See and feel the many colors and textures of the soil with hands-on learning activities in soil color, structure, and texture.
  • Do soil science and analysis
  • Have fun as you learn just how much soil there is in the world in this thrilling two-hour program.
  • See cool images like the one below from NASA, and learn how the soil impacts the entire planet.
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Southern Atlantic Ocean, Africa, South America Satellite Image courtesy NASA

 

Soil programs for K-12+ and beyond

These interactive programs are perfect for school events and assemblies as well as Girl or Boy Scout Training Days, 4-H workshops, and many other events.

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Soil as art: African Mudcloth (Bogolanfini) highlights the soil’s amazing colors

What’s this soil’s story?

Every soil has one. Want to know this soil’s story? Click here.

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This soil profile has a super story. Want to know what it is? Click below. (Image courtesy, Ray Weil, PhD, UMD)