Soil School

collage with adult students in classroom and outdoors, soil stakes in garden, book and soil sampleJoin us for Soil School 2019!

Saturday, April 13, 2019 — 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Portland Community College, Rock Creek Event Center
17705 NW Springville Rd, Portland, OR 97229

Soil School is a day-long workshop that includes multiple sessions on a wide variety of topics – all having to do with soil. This year’s focus is on climate change and its effects on soil ecosystems. Students will have the option again this year to participate in hands-on learning in the Washington County Master Gardener Education Garden. Soil School is tailored toward gardeners, landscape professionals, and farmers in the community, and is designed to educate and provide networking opportunities for attendees. Soil School is presented by West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District and Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District.

Continuing education credits are available!

  • Licensed landscape construction professionals will receive, upon request, a certificate for 6 Continuing Education Hours (CEH), approved by the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board.
  • Members of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) will receive, upon request, a certificate for 4 Continuing Education Units (CEU), approved by the APLD.

Certificates will be distributed at the close of the workshop.

Registration: $35 per person. REGISTER HERE – Registration is open until April 7.

The scholarship application period has closed.

This year’s three featured speakers:

James Cassidy, Oregon State University soil scientist, who has a passion for soil!
Rose High Bear, Wisdom of the Elders, speaking on Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Kristin Ohlson, Keynote, journalist and author of The Soil Will Save Us

See the full agenda on the REGISTRATION PAGE.

For more information, contact Renee Magyar, WMSWCD Communications & Outreach Manager, at 503-238-4775, ext. 101 or email at

Speakers’ presentations from Soil School 2019 will be posted here after the event. View select 2018 presentations:

Soil Testing & Analysis, Dean Moberg  ||  Plant Problem Diagnosis, Neil Bell  ||  Principals of Soil Health, Cory Owens  ||  Permaculture Part 1 and Part 2, Marisha Auerbach  ||  Improving Soils for Spring Planting, Claudia Groth  ||  Sustainable Design for Home & Habitat handout, Eileen Stark  ||  An Obsession with Odonata: Recognizing, understanding, and sustaining dragonflies and damselflies, Celeste Searles Mazzacano