Pennsylvania Envirothon

Isett volunteers Phil Schiebel, Keith Valentine and Kim Kyra and got down and dirty with middle and high school students at the Pennsylvania Envirothon this year. Phil served as a proctor for the high school soils exam and demonstrated how to differentiate and identify soil horizons in a soil pit, as well as identify soil texture by feel. As Kim and Keith manned the soils station, Keith had the opportunity to teach the students about soil composition, the five soil factors that influence how soils are formed and how to differentiate soil horizons. He introduced them to the Soil Survey for gaining basic information and suitability classifications for soils in the area. They also discussed practices that can have an negative impact on soils and practices to conserve soil and prevent erosion.