Soil Science and Stewardship

Program Length, Season and Appropriate Grade Levels

  • This program lasts 1-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours, and can be adapted to suit your needs.
  • The program is offered April - November.
  • Appropriate for Grade Levels 4 - 8.

Program Description and Activities

In this program we will explore various living and non-living characteristics of soil, and investigate ways to protect and sustain soil quality. Various hands-on lab and field activities are involved.

Your students will be engaged in a multifaceted program experience that may include:

  • Exploring the role of decomposition in soil formation.
  • Using microscopes to view the various small creatures that are part of the soil.
  • Studying the interconnections between the inorganic and organic components of the soil.
  • Studying the physical characteristics of soil structure.
  • Investigating soil hydrology and compaction.
  • Using vegetation and soil maps to explore the connection between glaciations, plant communities, soils, and agriculture in southeast Michigan.

State of Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) and High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) Applicable to this Program

The Environmental Interpretive Center’s educational programs provide environmental information, hands–on experiences, and inquiry challenges for Michigan students in line with Michigan’s Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs). Teachers can find a link below to content standards, statements, and grade level expectations applicable to the program "Soil Science and Stewardship."