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Conservation education material for teachers K-12


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New educational effort features tiny superhero of the soil

She’s a wee bit smaller than your typical superhero.

But the creators of a new soil health-themed educational effort believe “Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale” will encourage the next generation of real-life hero farmers, conservationists and scientists to further unlock the secrets in the soil. Read more.



Anelidically speaking, I'm S.K. Worm


S.K.Worm teaches soils
It's a dirty job but someone has to do it -- S.K.Worm, the official annelid, or worm, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service answers students' questions about soil. Even their teachers can't wiggle their way out of this one! Slither your way through these soiled questions and earn a very special diploma. You might even get hooked on Soil!
  See the new S.K. Worm Interactive!


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Partners in Resource Education offsite link image    
Partners in Resource Education (PRE) is a collaboration of Federal agencies, a non-profit foundation, schools and other private sector partners.  PRE sponsors Hands on the Land (HOL), a network of field classrooms stretching across America.  Through HOL, Federal agencies are providing a diverse array of hands-on learning opportunities for teachers and students on public lands and waterways.  The program is being expanded to state and local lands.  Find out more at offsite link image    .

Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations -- New Soil Education Publication
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) offsite link image     and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announce the release of Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations. This lively, 129-page softbound book, a bestseller when it debuted at the 2001 NSTA convention in St. Louis, will soon assist educators across the nation in teaching scientifically accurate soil and soil conservation information in an enjoyable way. The book is available from NSTA by calling 1-800-277-5300 (7/24/01)

  • The book's target audience is Kindergarten through Grade 4 teachers. Dig In provides classroom-tested lesson plans, stories, and activities about soil formation, habitats, and land use. The book also discusses animals and plants that depend on soil. The book's activities are interesting and fun and lead to a greater appreciation of the value of soil. Activities meet National Science Education Standards.
  • NSTA is the world's largest organization promoting science teaching and learning for all. The 53,000-member association publishes four journals, a newspaper, and many books and publications for teachers.

Soil Science Education
Helping People Understand Soils


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A network of field classrooms sponsored by Partners in Resource Education




America's Private Land -- A Geography of Hope
You'll get the facts and figures on natural resources from A Geography of Hope, all woven into a framework of land stewardship and a vision for natural resource management in the 21st century. (7-12)


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PLANTS Database
The PLANTS Database is a single source of standardized information about plants. This database focuses on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.




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