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K-12 Soil Science Teacher Resources

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a professional scientific society, made up of soil scientists, educators, and consultants focused on promoting soil science, including enhancing soils topics in schools. The goal of the SSSA K-12 Education committee is to increase interest and awareness of soil sciences. This includes information, curriculum, and more. Soil science composes biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science, and makes an excellent choice as teaching material for K-12 teachers.

Some SSSA K-12 resources are listed below, but please visit for more information and other resources!

Lessons & activities: A bank of many lessons and hands-on activities all about soils and topics related to soils. These materials include lessons and activities are posted directly by SSSA as well as external links to materials that we have reviewed and recommend.

Ask a Soil Scientist Program: The Ask a Soil Scientist program has been designed for K-12 teachers, students, and anyone else with general interest soils-based questions.

SSSA Members - Interested in volunteering for our Ask a Soil Scientist program? Visit the sign-up page (login required) to register and select your areas of interest/expertise, location, and if you are available for classroom visits in your area.

State Soil Booklets: Booklets were developed and written by soil scientists to provide in-depth information on each state soil. The booklets include a brief history of how the state soil came to be, where the state soil is found, importance and uses, limitations, management, soil formation, ecoregions and land use, a glossary, and additional resources.

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