Soil Ecology

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Campers in the garden

Forests would not be able to function without hard-working decomposers returning nutrients to the soil. Using both our camp garden and the forest as examples, students learn about plant growth, decomposition, and soil ecology. Activities may include exploring and working in the garden, plant biology, decomposer scavenger hunts, and helping maintain our worm bin.

Learning Objectives (student ecologists will be able to):

  • Describe a basic nutrient and energy cycle in an ecosystem.
  • Describe what resources and conditions a plant needs in order to live and grow.