Soil Conservation District brings soil education to Killdeer, Halliday schools

Dunn County Soil Conservation District (SCD) visited Killdeer and Halliday schools to teach area students about the importance of soil health in conjunction with Earth Day 2013.

Posted April 19, 2013

Dunn County Soil Conservation District (SCD) visited Killdeer and Halliday schools to teach area students about the importance of soil health in conjunction with Earth Day 2013.

Jon Ficek, District Technician, Jolyn Wasem, District Clerk, Marisa Krebs and Suzi Tuhy brought a soil tunnel on April 8 to Killdeer Public School.

The soil tunnel was described as a fun and education tool to teach students about soil health.

Over 150 children in preschool through third grade were able to pretend they were earthworms and see what is under ground. They were taught that when the soil is healthy, farmers are able to grow crops to feed them and make them healthy, too. Students also learned about the signs of healthy soil: earthworms, lots of root material, organic matter and bugs.

The SCD took the soil tunnel April 10 to the Halliday School and about 45 kids from the Halliday and Twin Buttes schools got to explore the tunnel and learn the importance of soil health.

Earth Day is celebrated April 22 each year.

For many years, the SCD held an annual coloring contest for children in the Dunn County Schools.

Hinrich’s Supervalu donated paper bags for the children to draw on. The SCD will judge the bags then make them available for the general public April 22 at Hinrich’s Supervalu.

Choosing paper bags instead of plastic bags one day a year is an easy activity to “help the earth,” the SCD said.

The theme for the coloring contest this year was “Healthy Soil, Healthy Food.”

The SCD said it always enjoys seeing the children’s interpretations of what the theme means to them and hopes the public does, too.


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