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Conservation Education Material for Teachers K-12


S.K. Worm Teaches KidsS.K.Worm teaches soils

It's a dirty job but someone has to do it -- S.K.Worm, the official annelid, or worm, of the Natural Resources Conservation Service answers student's questions about soil. Even their teachers can't wiggle their way out of this one! Slither your way through these soiled questions and earn a very special diploma. You might even get hooked on Soil!

Partners in Resource Education

Partners in Resource Education (PRE) is a collaboration of Federal agencies, a non-profit foundation, schools and other private sector partners. PRE sponsors Hands on the Land (HOL), a network of field classrooms stretching across America. Through HOL, Federal agencies are providing a diverse array of hands-on learning opportunities for teachers and students on public lands and waterways. The program is being expanded to state and local lands. Find out more at

Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations -- New Soil Education Publication

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announce the release of Dig In! Hands-On Soil Investigations. This lively, 129-page softbound book, a bestseller when it debuted at the 2001 NSTA convention in St. Louis, will soon assist educators across the nation in teaching scientifically accurate soil and soil conservation information in an enjoyable way. The book is available from NSTA by calling 1-800-277-5300 (7/24/01)

  • The book's target audience is Kindergarten through Grade 4 teachers. Dig In provides classroom-tested lesson plans, stories, and activities about soil formation, habitats, and land use. The book also discusses animals and plants that depend on soil. The book's activities are interesting and fun and lead to a greater appreciation of the value of soil. Activities meet National Science Education Standards.
  • NSTA is the world's largest organization promoting science teaching and learning for all. The 53,000-member association publishes four journals, a newspaper, and many books and publications for teachers.

NRCS Soil Science Education

Helping People Understand Soils

Backyard Conservation

Bringing conservation from the countryside to your backyard. - Whether you have acres in the country, an average-sized suburban yard, or a tiny plot in the city, you can help protect the environment and add beauty and interest to your surroundings. There is colorful publication can get you started and links to other sites to give you more information. Also, see "Tip Sheets" that help you use conservation practices at home and bring birds to your backyard. (4-12)

PLANTS Database

The PLANTS Database is a single source of standardized information about plants. This database focuses on vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

National Association of Conservation Districts Education site