Inspiring exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

Soils: They’re More Than Just Dirt

The Soils: They’re More Than Just Dirt Program is a fun and inspiring Environmental Education Program designed for 5th-6th grade at the Boardman River Nature Center. This exciting 2 hour program explores the soils of the Grand Traverse area, soil erosion, and the impacts that human activity can have on our soils. The program will include hands-on activities in the classroom and an expedition into the natural world around the Nature Center. It is designed to get kids outside, introduce them to the wonders of nature, allow them to explore the outdoors, and to participate in an active learning environment. It was developed to inspire exploration, appreciation, and conservation of our natural world.

This program was created specifically for grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other age groups as well.

The Soils: They’re More Than Just Dirt Program will include three components:

  1. What Makes Our Soils?: Students will understand that soil is a mixture, made up of weather-eroded rock and organic matter. They will compare different soil samples based on particle size and texture. They will use a simple tool, the hand lens, to aid observation and data collection.
  2. Erosion of Our Soils: Students will understand the factors influencing and creating soil erosion: water, wind, slope and soil type. They will understand that human activity can cause erosion and conservation practices can prevent erosion.
  3. Human Impact on Our Soils: Human activities, such as building roads and dams, will change the surface of the earth and will affect the survival of organisms. Students will look at how removal of the Sabin Dam will affect the ecology of the surrounding area.

All of our programs meet many Michigan Grade Level Content Expectations and Next Generation Science Standards.

For a full list of standards that the Soils: They’re More Than Just Dirt Program conforms to, CLICK HERE.