Programs for Children, Students, Scouts

The Ocean County Soil Conservation District provides educational programs to children and students in schools or homeschool settings, scout groups, summer camp groups, and community organizations. Programs are interactive, hands-on and fun! Programs are typically 45 minutes, but can be customized to run from 30 minutes to 1 hour. To schedule a program for your group, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114,

Worms – Heroes of the Earth

SK Worm Answers Your Questions about SoilWhere would we be without worms and other soil-dwelling critters? We would be waist-deep in waste and knee-high in leaves! Meet “S.K. Worm”, sock-puppet, who will teach about the importance of soil – the stuff of Earth. People need soil to grow the food we eat, to sustain trees that provide us with the air we breathe, and to clean the water we drink. Have fun with “Skworm” as we explore and honor worms – heroes of the Earth! (*This program is a hit with younger children, up to age 7.)

Soil Exploration and Discovery

Soil is at the root of everything! This hands-on explore-and-discover experience will guide children to a basic understanding about the importance of soil. Embedded activities include a comparison of several soil samples, an introduction to a soil profile, a look at the ingredients of soil, and making soil from scratch – with the help of some soil critters. (*This program is ideal for children ages 6-8yrs.)

Soil Scientists

Soil is the foundation of all life on earth. We depend on soil to support our crops for food. We get the nutrients we need from the food we eat. Our food get their nutrients from the soil. We will test soil samples for macronutrients including Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium, as well as pH. (*This program is for students ages 9-12 yrs.)

Healthy Soil is for the Birds

Bird Atop a Soil Food PyramidThe soil is a supermarket for birds! Soil is home to insects, arthropods and other small critters that birds eat. Plants that grow in the soil provide a home to many insects that birds glean from the bark, stems, and leaves. Plants get their nutrition from the soil and pass it along to birds in the form of berries and seeds. Explore and discover the importance of healthy soil for birds and other wildlife. (*This program can be modified to suit all ages.)

Ocean County Soil Conservation District
714 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ 08731
(609) 971-7002