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Plant and Soil Sciences

Plant and Soil Science projects help you learn that plants and soils are exciting and interesting. You will learn to identify plants and develop skills in caring for and using plants.

By clicking on the projects listed below, you can learn more about each of these projects, the curriculum, events, related links, county fair exhibit ideas, and resources available at the state level. County and district plant and soil science events are listed on this page as well as links to online educational resources.
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Projects
Corn Fruits Plant Crafts
Flowers Home Grounds Small Grains
Forage House Plants Vegetables


Events 2012


Online Learning Activities & Resources
Corn
  • The Great Corn Adventure - Interactive activity to learn about the history, growth, harvest, and uses of corn. University of Illinois-Extension

Flowers
  • Bulbs and More - Online resource that includes bulb basics, planting and care, spring bulbs, indoor bulbs, selection, and more. University of Illinois-Extension
  • Floral Design Materials - Jeopardy type game that includes the following categories: cut flowers, floral materials, floral mechanics, and holding materials. Georgia Agriculture Education
  • Floral Identification - Jeopardy type game that includes the following categories: flowers, plants, more flowers, the dark side, and what is that? Georgia Agriculture Education
  • Floriculture Plant Identification - Plant identification activity. Georgia Agriculture Education
  • My First Garden - Interactive activity to learn about gardening. University of Illinois-Extension
  • Stepping Stones to Perennial Garden Design - Online resource that includes site assessment, garden style, perennial selection, perennial placement and bed preparation and maintenance. University of Illinois-Extension
  • Successful Container Gardens - Online resource that includes selecting containers, soil mixes, watering, fertilizing, and more related to container gardening. University of Illinois-Extension
  • U.S. Botanical Garden - The U.S. Botanical Garden web page includes educational resources for kids, teachers, and college students. United States Botanical Garden
Forage


Fruits


Home Grounds
  • Composting for the Homeowner - Online resource that includes history, science, materials, methods, benefits and uses, and more related to composting. University of Illinois-Extension
  • Major Turf Insects and Diseases - Online resource that includes white grub, patch diseases, powdery mildew, turfgrass diseases, lawns, and more. University of Illinois-Extension
  • Selecting Shrubs for Your Home - Online resource that includes shrubs by use, by tolerance, by use, by size, pests and problems, and a searchable shrub database. University of Illinois-Extension


House Plants
  • Floriculture Plant Identification - Plant identification activity. Georgia Agriculture Education
  • Houseplants - Online resource that includes houseplant selection, care, propagation and more. University of Illinois-Extension

Plant Crafts
  • Arts and Crafts - Directions for using plant materials to make crafts. University of New Hamshire
  • Plants Used In Crafts - Extensive list of plants and their use for baskets and dyes. Princeton University



Small Grains




Vegetables
  • Junior Master Gardeners - Online information and activities designed for youth and leaders.
  • My First Garden - Interactive activity to learn about gardening. University of Illinois-Extension
  • Successful Container Gardens - Online resource on making herb and vegetable container gardens. University of Illinois-Extension
  • The Great Plant Escape - Interactive activity to learn about plants. University of Illinois-Extensin
  • Master Gardeners - Online resources, education, events, and more. University of Wisconsin-Extension Master Gardeners


  • Wide variety of online activities and exhibitions as well as educational webcasts, hands-on activities and science news. Source: The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception


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