Discover soil educational materials and activities for preschool through 12th grade teachers.

Educating children about the importance of soil is easy and very fun (for them and you).

Soil is fascinating! There are incredible creatures that live in soil (some are cuddly and some you don't want to meet in a dark pore at night), sticky oozes and glue, plant roots stronger than the Hulk, and fun and fantastic fungi. It is also really fun to play with soil. Different soils feel different, are very colorful, and have all kinds of smells.

What is Soil?

The earth is covered by a thin layer of soil, composed of minerals, organic matter, water, air, and living organisms. Within this layer is a record of the area's geological and climatic history, as well as information about the suitability of future use of the soil. Soils affect many areas of our lives; we depend on the soil to grow our food and support the buildings we live and work in. Soils form an essential element in the ecosystem. Human activities that damage soils threaten to disrupt the delicate balance that sustains life. It is important to have a basic understanding of the formation and properties of soils to determine their future uses and to manage soils wisely.

Below are soil educational materials and activities for pre-school - 12th grade teachers. Some we have designed and in some cases we will point you to a great resource on the Internet.

Some Facts about Soil Basics

Agronomy Facts #35. This is a brief and simplified introduction to the origins of soils and how they influence capabilities and uses of soils.

Dig Deeper

Educational Resources for Children from Soil Science Society of America.

Soil Science Teacher Resources

K-12 Educational Resources for soil science teachers, from Soil Science Society of America

PA Envirothon

Envirothon combines in-class high school level curriculum and outdoor training helping students to learn more about Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soil & Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues.”

Soil Education Information

from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Includes Soil facts, key messages, state soils, videos and webinars, and information for K-6, 7-12 and college level students and teachers.

Soil Science Education

from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Information includes: soil news, activity of the month, national & state education standards for soil science, and soil facts.

Soil-net: Providing curriculum-based information about soil is a free and compelling environmental Internet resource for Key Stages 1-4 providing teachers and students extensive curriculum-based information about soil.

Conquest of the Land Through 7,000 Years


Publication from USDA NRCS, written by W.C. Lowdermilk, former Assistant Chief of Soil Conservation Service. This is Dr. Lowdermilk's personal report of a study he made in 1938 and 1939. Despite changes in names of countries, in political boundaries, and in conservation technology, the bulletin still has significance for all peoples concerned with maintaining and improving farm production.

Soils Worldwide

This is the home of the SoilPIC photographic Image Collection.

Soils, Landscapes and Effluent Disposal

Basic soil information is vital for many homeowners and landowners in Pennsylvania.