Welcome! Our new learning resources include step-by-step instructions for facilitators to lead groups of participants through activities to engage farmers, students, policy makers and others in seeing new possibilities related to soil health, water and carbon cycles, and systems-based land management. (Check back often as we are loading new versions every few weeks.) Our activities are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core State Standards, and Agricultural Education Standards for ease of use in U.S. schools, but can be used and adapted by anyone interested. You don't need special training to use these, though we do offer professional development workshops for teachers, and Land Listeners Workshops for those who would like to go deeper. Please contact Didi Pershouse at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, with comments/questions on the materials, or to schedule a workshop.
The investigations and accompanying worksheets in the "Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function" manual are designed to show how soil biology creates the infrastructure that our civilization depends upon for abundant clean water, food security, healthy people, thriving local economies, resilience in the face of extreme weather events, and more. The manual and the "Field Methods for Monitoring Soil Health and Watershed Function" are both designed to be used along with our new data collection and mapping app https://atlasbiowork.com/
Participating in these exercises helps people:
NEW: Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function (Takes you to a short form with download link at end; reviewers edition, September 29, 2017).
Field methods for monitoring soil health and watershed function (current version May 2017)
Additional activities not included in the above two PDFs: Investigation: Creating a map of carbon flows (that includes soil ecology)
These resources have been created with support from the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, the Wellborn Ecology Fund, the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, New Hampshire Entrepreneur's Foundation, the Dixon Water Foundation, the USDA Southern Plains Climate Hub, the USDA-NRCS, Redlands Community College, and many individuals. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Soil Carbon Coalition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization