Information For Teachers and Students
education material for teachers K-12
S.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 students'
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!
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
- 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.
Soil Science Education
Helping People Understand Soils
Land � A Geography of Hope
You'll get the facts and figures on natural resources from A Geography of
Hope, all woven into a framework of land stewardship and a vision for
natural resource management in the 21st century. (7-12)
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)
Backyard Conservation Lesson Plans
A series of lesson plans to teach students about Backyard Conservation through
hands-on studies that promote field investigation and action. Lesson plans are
available for elementary grades 3 to 5, middle school grades 6 to 8 and high
school grades 9 to 12.
The rich history of the Natural Resources Conservation Service is the firm
ground which holds our bond with the land and its people today. (7-12)
Harmony with Wetlands
Wetlands do so many things � not only for us, but also for plants, animals, and
the land. Discover the functions and values of wetlands.
USDA for Kids
Links to agricultural education sites
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