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Healthy Soils through Composting


Join us to explore the importance of healthy soil.  View a real soil profile, understand how soil is formed, and discover the important role of organic matter.  Conduct an erosion experiment and observe live compost microorganisms.  Learn how to put your food waste to use through the simple act of composting and improve soil health. When held at Retzer Environmental Learning Center, students will learn what it means to close the composting loop during our interactive exhibit tour!

Optional Add-on (offered in Spring/Fall only): Students will head outside on a scavenger hunt to look for some of the compost microorganisms we just learned about and see how many they can find (nearby outdoor area capable of getting dug into by small hand shovels required).

Minumum: 15 students
Maximum: 50 students in-school or 30 students at Retzer Nature Center


Duration: 60 minutes
Fee: No
Offered: School Year
Location options: At School Program, Retzer Nature Center


Grade 2-3 program listing