Soil Health Workshop for School & Community Garden Educators

The Tualatin SWCD has been working hard to protect the health of our soils in Oregon. Every year, conservation districts teach local farmers how improving soil health can help protect natural resources and improve their operations.

We are excited to share that education with school and community gardeners this year, and hope you will join us for a special, free workshop in Washington County June 18 and Multnomah County June 25!

Register now for the Washington County workshop at or by calling/emailing Jen Nelson at 503-648-3174 x121 or

Register for the Multnomah County workshop at or by emailing Danielle Miles at or call 503-652-7477

Soil is more than sand, silt and clay – it is a living ecosystem! Proper soil health care is natural insurance for school gardens against drought, pests and weeds. Soil health plays a key role in protecting our environment. Teaching soil health helps meet NGSS standards, gets kids outside, and prepares future conservationists!

Join us for a free workshop on June 18 or June 25 to learn the basics of soil health, how to protect it in the school garden, and how to teach it in the classroom! Get hands on with activity demonstrations. Gain access to our NGSS aligned curriculum resources. Take home a copy of Building Better Soils.

In this workshop, we will:

– Learn what soil health is and explore how it works as an ecosystem

– Learn specific things to do in the garden to protect soil and care for its health, like cover cropping and reducing impact

– Get hands-on with demonstrations of how healthy soil looks and feels, as well as some great classroom activities

– Share strategies for managing volunteers in the garden and get some tips from the experts.

We will offer continuing education credit for teachers through PSU too. Please inquire for details.