Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), formerly known as the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), is an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that provides technical assistance to farmers and other private landowners and managers across North America. Its mission is to improve, protect, and conserve natural resources on private lands through a cooperative partnership with state and local agencies. NRCS provides a variety of conservation education programs and opportunities for school and college students, teachers and the general public on topics such as soils, water, air, plants and animals. One of the many successful programs is S.K.Worm – the official annelid, or worm, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s NRCS which answers questions about soil.

As a teacher/educator you will: 

Improve your understanding about soil as an ecosystem and teach students about soil importance, human impact on soil health and ways to reduce damages caused by natural disasters.

Access the following resources:

  • K – 12 soil lessons, soil facts, state soil booklets, soil songs, and soil surveys
  • Videos and webinars
  • Colorful drawings, cartoon characters and posters
  • Educators guides, worksheets, handouts and more

Get these lessons now:

  • Soil Glue – demonstrate how surface soil particles are held together by various organic substances.
  • Soil Water – demonstrate how water either enters the soil or runs off over the soil surface
  • Soil Crayons – provides an opportunity for observation of a variety of colorful soils.
  • A Soil Profile – learn about different layers of soil.
  • More activities/lessons and the entire curriculum

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