Did You Know?

Every glass of water you drink has already passed through fish, trees, bacteria, soil, clouds, and other living things, including people, to cleanse the water for our use. It's all connected through the water cycle!

Soil Resources

Iowa Learning Farms
Iowa Learning Farms is building a Culture of Conservation, calling attention to improved water and soil quality across the state.  The ILF website includes videos, print materials, enhanced learning activities, webinars, and information about upcoming field days/outreach events.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Conservation Education materials for teachers and students.

NRCS Soil Education page
Links to many aspects of soil for students and teachers.

NRCS-Soil Biology Primer
An introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity, and air and water quality.

From the Ground Down (PDF)
An NRCS publication about Iowa soils

Losing Ground
Environmental Working Group report and videos addressing soil erosion in Iowa and the Midwest.

National Soil Science Education web site
Numerous activities and ideas for students about soil properties, soil and agriculture, and soil and the environment.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
"Dig It!" The Secrets of Soil exhibit and resources.

Texas A&M Organic Lifestyles web site
Lessons on soil basics and aspects of gardening including composting and mulch, flowers, vegetables and pests.

West Texas A&M University "Dr. Dirt" page
Soil scientist Dr. Clay Robinson's web page contains resources for the K-12 classroom about many aspects of soils.

Layer Away (Download)
"Layer Away" activity for 4th-6th grade students teaches about types and composition of soil created by Michigan Department of Agriculture and modified by Michigan Water Stewardship Program.

The Field Museum, Chicago "Underground Adventure"
Explores what "life would be like if you lived underground."

Discovery Education "The Dirt on Soil"
Lessons and activities about what is happening underground.