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Learn about soil at free screening event May 14

May 2, 2022
Students sieving soil

Have your soil screened and learn about nutrients, composting, how to get the most from your soil at a special event Saturday, May 14.

Soil and waste resources faculty, students and alumni from the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will provide educational sessions and activities. This event is part of SoilSHOP (Screening, Health Outreach and Partnership), developed by faculty member Bryant Scharenbroch.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Specht Forum/Sundial and in the Trainer Natural Resources building. It is free and open to the community.

Bring a soil sample, and it will be screened for texture, pH, organic matter and more. Participants are welcome to attend hands-on activities and educational sessions while soil is analyzed, which takes about 30 minutes. A team of experts will discuss test results and how to get the most from soil characteristics.

Fifteen-minute educational sessions will be offered throughout the event on composting, soil maps, soils 101, urban trees and soils, soils and septics and soil nutrient management. Learn why soil is so important for many aspects of a healthy ecosystem.

Instructions for taking a soil sample and a schedule of informational sessions is at www.facebook.com/stevenspointsoilshop.