Soil School

Registration is now open for Soil School 2018! Please click on the registration form below for this exciting and fun one-day workshop on all things soil to be held Saturday, April 7 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the PCC Rock Creek Event Center.

2018 Soil School Registration

This year, Soil School is approved for Oregon Landscape Contractors Board Continuing Education Hours (CEH)!  Certificates will be available to registered landscape professionals.

Our kick off speaker is, once again, Dr. Soil – James Cassidy, OSU soil scientist and instructor. Our keynote speaker during lunch is Dr. Celeste Searles Mazzacano, who will present a fascinating talk on dragonflies and damselflies!

Our presenters included:

  • Dean Moberg, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Weston Miller, OSU Extension Community & Urban Horticulturist
  • Cory Owens, NRCS
  • Marisha Auerbach, Permaculture Rising
  • Claudia Groth, OSU Master Gardener Educator
  • Gail Langellotto, OSU
  • Eileen Stark, Landscape Designer/author
  • Neil Bell, OSU Extension

New this year is a recurring session, Hands on Soil, which will be held outside in the PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden. You’ll view the garden, dig in the soil and learn about many topics related to soil health. 

Soil School 2018 is sponsored by West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, and OSU Extension.

Registration will be open until close of business, Thursday, April 5, 2018, however walk-ins are always welcome! No refunds will be given after Friday, March 23, 2018. For more information, please call WMSWCD Communications Coordinator Carolyn Lindberg at 503/238-4775, ext. 101 or email at

OSU Soil Scientist James Cassidy gets passionate about soil at 2014 Soil School

Soil School is a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. We love to feature the entertaining and dynamic James Cassidy, an Oregon State University soil scientist who has a passion for soil! We schedule exciting and passionate experts to speak on a host of interesting and informative topics.

Each year, the sessions may change slightly, as we try to stay relevant to the gardening, landscaping, farming community.

Soil School is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for attendees. Watch our website for information about Soil School in January as Soil School is typically held in early April…just in time for spring!