Education Programs for Kids

Are you interested in an educational program for your young learners? The Ocean County Soil Conservation District provides programs to students, summer camp groups, kids’ community organizations and scout groups. We’ve even created unique activities to help your Girl Scouts earn the “Gardener Badge”. For more information, please contact Becky Laboy, Education Outreach Specialist, (609) 991-1534,

SK Worm Answers Your Questions about SoilWorms – Heroes of the Earth
Where would we be without worms and other soil-dwelling critters? We would be waist-deep 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 S.K. Worm, as we honor the heroes of the Earth! (This program is a hit with younger children, up to age 7.)

healthy soilSoil Exploration and Discovery
Soil is at the root of all life on earth! 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 Рwith 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 older students ages 9-12 yrs.)

Healthy Soil is for the Birds – Interactive Powerpoint
The 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.)

Girl Scout Gardener BadgeGirl Scout Gardener Badge
(This page is under construction. Check back in a few weeks!) Follow these easy and fun “do-it-yourself” activities that incorporate the Jersey-Friendly Yards tools and resources to help your Girl Scouts earn the Gardener Badge. An OCSCD educator is happy to assist you with implementing this program.

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