Land Listeners workshops: place-based scientific citizenship

Curious about how to see a landscape as a whole system? Do you want to understand and track the impact of grazing and land management on soil health, watershed function, soil carbon, and public health?

This free participatory daylong workshop will give you detailed theory in whole systems landscape function, soil health principles, and the work of biology in creating the soil carbon sponge. You will also learn hands-on skills to make and upload observations to help monitor the health and function of your farm and other working lands. These include visual assessments of soil health, biological work, and water infiltration, as well as how to record repeatable geolocated observations to track changes over time and space.
Through these workshops we aim to create “communities of practice”— working groups of closely-connected people in a region, with shared skill sets, data maps, and goals of regenerating landscapes and improving watershed function—with an interest in continuing to learn together. 
We will cover:
  • Connections between plants, soil microbiology, and carbon and water flows.
  • The impact of those relationships on public health, local economies, watershed function, weather, and climate resilience.
  • Soil health principles
  • Why the soil carbon sponge is the basic infrastructure that makes life on land possible
  • Basic hands-on skills for mapping and monitoring changes over time in soil health and watershed function
  • Group facilitation skills to maximize participation, connection, and learning
Details on our free open data platform and monitoring network can be found on the Soil Carbon Coalition website, here:
Free community learning/teaching resources on soil health and watershed function are here:
For more information, or to set up a workshop, contact Didi Pershouse, Cat Buxton at, or Peter Donovan at