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SOIL QUEST Captain Planet

PeaceJourney is always on a quest for amazing programs and projects to help American youth (the world's youth, really) and teachers reconnect with nature.

Here is One Program We Can R Problem

Why are soils becoming unhealthy in our community and around the world? The big culprits include removing plants from soil, using soil-damaging practices to grow and care for farm and garden crops, and leaving soil bare and loose after development. The result is unhealthy soils that release stored carbon into the atmosphere, contributing to climate warming.

How Can You Help?

In this Quest, students will become carbon sequestration experts by investigating the differences between healthy and unhealthy soil in their community, and by examining relationships that soil has with plants, animals, the atmosphere, and the climate. After comparing agricultural practices that help and harm soils, students will identify a place in their community with unhealthy soil. The project they design and carry out will apply what they've learned on the Quest to help restore the soil’s health. Small grant funds are available to help with the material costs of projects for classes that register for the Quest and submit feedback and data at various checkpoints.

Quest Guidelines

Geographic Focus: United States - 50 states + Puerto Rico Target Grade Bands: 5th-8th Focus Ecosystem or Species Group:  Soils & Carbon; Climate

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