Soil Judging Contest

Picture1The Soil Judging Contest provides high school students with an awareness of the common characteristics of soil, how these characteristics affect selected uses of the soil, and how some land uses may be ‘judged’ to be better than others based on soil features.  The primary goal of this program is to provide students with a team-based educational opportunity to learn about soils and to test their understanding; the competitive aspect of the contest is secondary.  The Soil Judging Contest is open to teams in grades 9 through 12, and home schooled students of comparable scholastic achievement.  This program is sponsored by NHACD with additional funding provided through donations and grants.  Coordination and staffing of the event is made possible by the participation of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, County Conservation Districts, event location managers, and natural resource professionals from the private sector who generously volunteer their time.


2017 Soil Judging Contest

8:30am-Noon, October 5th, at the UNH Kingman Farm in Madbury, NH

Please register your teams by September 30, 2017. 

Register online:

or call (603) 749-3037 or email


Review the Soil Judging Guide and the rules before the contest. Students should bring a copy of the guide to the contest, as well as pencils and clipboards.


Soil Judging Guide

Soil Judging Competition Rules