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 organiccomponents 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.

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