What does the Education Commitee do?

The mission of the Education Committee is to develop specific educational projects and activities that promote the increase in knowledge of soils and the profession of soil science for children and adults in the state of Minnesota.

How can MAPSS help educators?

The Education Commitee has a list of members who are willing to speak to schools and or at meetings of other groups to promote soil science and the MAPSS Association.


The Education Committee can also distribute educational materials (within limits of available funding)


To contact MAPSS please email us at mapss@mnsoilscientist.org


Education Committee

Kristin Brennan (Chair)
Peter Hartman, PSS
Howard Hobbs, PG
Mark Perry
Steve Lawler, PSS

State Soil Power Point Presentation for Educators
This presentation was created by the Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists (MAPSS) for educational purposes.  Permission is granted to copy or distribute to others for this use, as long as the MAPSS information is not edited, removed or changed.  We have posted a Power Point 2010 version of the presentation and a PDF version.  If you do not have Power Point 2010, you can get the free Power Point 2010 viewer at here.   
Both versions have speakers notes.  To see the speakers notes in the PDF version, click on the notes icon in the upper left corner of the slide (the icon only appears on the slides that have notes).  To view the PDF version as a slideshow, open it and from the View menu choose Full Screen – then left and right mouse clicks will advance to the next slide or return to the previous slide


Need a exhibit or publication for an upcoming event?  The NRCS Distribution Center provides brochures/posters free of charge. Click here

MASWCD Envirothon for high school students. This includes a soils component with other environmental science sections. See the website at:  http://www.maswcd.org/envirothon.htm


Three Rivers RC&D Living Soil Tunnel & Kiosk. This is a visual education display showcasing Lester Soil. Many schools, Soil & Water Conservation Districts and other groups have checked this out for their environmental day programs. This educational display is free, includes a walk through tunnel with audio narrative of “Woody the Woodchuck” and a 3-sided kiosk with monoliths of Lester and Muskego soils. See the website here


US Department of Agriculture: http://soils.usda.gov/education/

Soil Science Society of America: http://www.soils4teachers.org/,


NASA Image Gallery



Hydric Soils of the United States
Minnesota Soils Home Page
National Wetland Inventory - US Fish and Wildlife Service
Official Soil Series Descriptions (NRCS)
Soil Orders
Terrain Tools Freeware
USDA Plants Database - NRCS
Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules
Wetland Conservation Act - BWSR
Wetland Information - NRCS
Wetland Publications - BWSR

Podcasts, Audio and Articles Related to Soils (MAPSS does not endorse this information)

podcast about soil bacteria from August 2006
podcasts from the Soil Association (United Kingdom)
podcasts from the Land Stewardship Project
podcast about food demand and climate straining soils by Reuters from August 2007
podcast about Texas wetlands from July 2007
podcast about using soil in criminal forensics (United Kingdom) 2005
search for soil podcasts
resources from the SSSA


Organizations and Government Agencies

American Society of Agronomy
Minnesota Board of Architects, Engineers, Land Surveyors, Landscape Architects, Geoscientists and Interior Designers (AELSLAGID)
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS)
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Natural Resource Conservation Services (NRCS)
Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
The Forum of Women in the Environmental Field (The Forum)
United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations (USCSSA)
University of Minnesota, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS)
Wisconsin Society of Professional Soil Scientists (WSPSS)

We would like to thank MAPSS member, Al Giencke, for the terrific artwork.