School & Community Garden Soil Health Education

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The recent Soil Health Workshop at Forest Park Elementary School covered the basics of soil health, how to protect it in your school or community garden, and how to teach soil health in the classroom. If you missed or want to review the workshop, see the presentation slides here.

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.



Sunstone Montessori School Stormwater & Garden Improvement Project

West Multnomah SWCD is now working with Sunstone Montessori School in the John’s Landing neighborhood on a number of conservation projects.  Sunstone, an Oregon Green School, plans to use the Conservation District’s assistance to install […]