The NH Soil Judging Contest is an annual event for high school students that is hands-on, educational, competitive, and fun!
Why participate in Soil Judging ?
- Learn about soil science and soils-based land use
- Get training for the NH Envirothon
- Meet Natural Resource professionals
- Work as a team and independently
- Get outside and get your hands dirty!
The Soil Judging Contest provides 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 more useful 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 demonstrate 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.
- Help high school students prepare for the NH Envirothon
- Provide understanding of the common characteristics of soil that affect land use decisions
To Prepare: Read the Soil Judging Manual. Try digging a practice soil pit for students to assess if you can. Contact us if you have any questions!
This program is sponsored by NHACD with additional funding from other groups including the Society of Soil Scientists of Northern New England. Coordination and staffing of the event is made possible by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, County Conservation Districts, UNH Kingman Farm, and natural resource professionals from the private sector who generously volunteer their time.