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Soil Education Committee

The Soil Education Committee of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) was established in 2014 with the goal of enhancing soil science education in Canada at both the post-secondary and K-12 levels.

The Committee has three main objectives:

  1. Compile and disseminate information about the soil science courses and programs at Canadian postsecondary institutions.
  2. Enhance soil science education at the K-12 levels.
  3. Establish and maintain contacts with the international soil science community regrading new developments in soil science education.

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Membership in the Soil Education Committee is open to any soil scientist, including undergraduate and graduate students. Our success depends on your initiatives and enthusiasm!
If you have interest in joining the Committee, please contact:

  • Dr. Maja Krzic (Co-Chair), maja.krzic@ubc.ca
  • Dr. Amanda Diochon (Co-Chair), adiochon@lakeheadu.ca
  • Dr. Tom Yates (Co-Chair), tom.yates@usask.ca


  • The major activities of the Soil Education Committee are:

    I.  Organization of Sessions at CSSS Annual Meetings

    Date & Location Session Topic & Keynote Speaker SEC Minutes
    2017, Peterborough, ON Promoting soil: Communicating the importance and value of what lies beneath.
    (Dr. Andrea Buchholz; University of Guelph)
    2016, Kamloops, BC Experiential Learning in Soil and Environmental Sciences.
    (Dr. Sean Maw; University of Saskatchewan)
    2015, Montreal, QC Soil Science Education and Outreach.
    (Dr. Doug Hayhoe; Tyndale University College)
    2014, Banff, AB Introduction to Soil Science: A True Frontier of Soil Science 2014 Inaugural meeting
    2013, Winnipeg, MB Teaching and Training in Soil Science: Part 1 & 2
    2011, San Antonio, TX Innovations in Soil Science Education
    2010, Saskatoon, SK Soil Science Education and Raising Awareness
    2008, Prince George, BC Innovations in Teaching Soil Science

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II.  Soil 4 Youth Program (soil4youth.soilweb.ca)

This program was initiated in 2010 to promote learning among Canadian high school students about the importance of soil and to provide teachers with the resources to incorporate soil science into their classroom teaching. This Soil 4 Youth website showcases: (1) Research projects related to soil land-uses across a variety of ecosystems found in Canada; (2) Career paths of soil scientists and professionals; (3) Resources for teachers; and (4) Examples of how to be soil savvy by getting involved with initiatives that protect or improve soil in your own neighborhood.

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More information about the Soil 4 Youth program can be found in a manuscript published in the Natural Sciences Education journal [https://www.agronomy.org/publications/nse/pdfs/43/1/73]


III.  Profiling Undergraduate Soil Science Education in Canada

Members of our committee were involved in several recent initiatives:

  • In 2017, we completed a study of Canadian post-secondary units that offer introductory soil science courses, documenting attributes of instructors, students, and teaching approaches in these courses. A manuscript detailing the outcomes of this survey has been submitted to the Canadian Journal of Soil Science, but you can find the survey questions here.
  • In 2015-2016, we carried out an inventory of soil science course offerings at Canadian universities and colleges; the findings of this inventory are published in:

Diochon, A., N. Basiliko, M. Krzic, T.T. Yates, E. Olson, J. Masse, B. Amiro, and D. Kumaragamage. 2017. Profiling undergraduate soil science education in Canada: Status and projected trends. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 97(2): 122-132. https://doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2016-0058

 Educational Resources in Soil Science

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