Resources to Dig

Here are some resources that I think would be interesting for K-12 teachers, university professors, extension agents, scouting pack leaders, envirothon team leaders, or anyone else involved in shaping young minds.

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We Are Humin

AGU Blogosphere

TerraCentral: Soil 

NASA Earth Observatory

Wired For Soils

Conservation Blogger

The Polaris Project

Wetland Wanderer’s Blog

Farmers Fight

The Story of Soil

Soil PSA’s from the SSSA (short, educational Youtube videos)

Doctor Dirt

Doctor Dirt provides “resources [that] have been developed primarily for K-8 teachers and students. Hands-on, exploratory learning activities based on methods of scientific inquiry will encourage interest in science, soil, engineering, agriculture, and natural resources.”

K-12 Resources from the SSSA

The Soil Science Society of America provides a wealth of information for K-12 educators including:

Example soil science lessons and activities

Young Scientists’ Soil Glossary

Glossary of Soil Science Terms 

Ask a Soil Scientist

Dirt! the Movie

DIRT! The Movie “takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.”

Surf Your Watershed

The EPA provides a website where you can identify the watershed where you live. A watershed is an area of land on which any drop of water will eventually flow to a specific point in a stream (kind of like water in your bath tub flowing toward the drain).

Canon Envirothon

The Canon Envirothon is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization established to coordinate the delivery of an environmental education program for high school students throughout North America. The environmental education program consists of the annual Canon Envirothon Competition in which winning teams from participating states and Canadian provinces compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.

Find a local Envirothon program near you

This is the Soil Science Society of America’s soil outreach website.

This is a website dedicated to being a resource for those interested in finding out more about soil science, including shared photos, job listings, and more. Also, the banner used for was created using photos from

Professional Societies to Dig

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS)

North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

American Society of Agronomy (ASA)

Other Societies, Organizations, Centers, etc.

The Nature Conservancy

Ducks Unlimited

Pheasants Forever

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

World Food Prize

The Ramsar Convention

Scholarship Opportunities

SWCS Scholarships

The Wetland Foundation

Product Plugs for Good Causes

Groundwater Flow Model (a fundraiser for the Soil and Water Conservation Club at Iowa State University)

Rain Barrels (a fundraiser for the Soil and Water Conservation Society at NCSU)