School & Community Garden Soil Health Education

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We had a great Soil Health Workshop in August at Forest Park Elementary School. If you missed the workshop or want to review what you learned, you can download the presentation slides here. They cover the basics of soil health, how to protect it in your school or community garden, and how to teach soil health in the classroom.

Click here for soil health curriculum resources, which are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In the meantime, check out this expanded outline of the NGSS Core Ideas and Essential Questions and watch this page or contact Education Coordinator Laura Taylor for information on future soil health workshops:  Laura Taylor at or 503.238.4775, ext. 112.

Soil is more than sand, silt and clay – it’s a living ecosystem!

• Healthy soil helps withstand drought, pests and weeds, and protects our environment.
• Teaching soil health meets Next Gen Science standards, gets kids outside, and prepares future conservationists.