MO DIRT: Missourians Doing Impact Research Together

Citizen Science Soil Health Surveys

High school students, landowners, farmers, science clubs, life-long learners, and all citizens
committed to research are invited to conduct soil health surveys to collect and contribute data that
will help scientists understand how soil health and soil-climate interactions are affected in the state.

Volunteer citizens (teenagers, adults, families), working as individuals or in small teams, conduct soil
health surveys in study sites of their choosing. A site should be representative of a natural system 
(prairie, forest, woodland) or an agricultural system (grassland, crop fields, animal fields). The
sites are monitored monthly between the months of February and November for at least one year.
MO DIRT provides training, a manual and a soil kit to conduct the soil health surveys.

                                               Click here to see the content of the soil kit.

The data generated from the soil surveys will provide baseline information that will be shared
through an open access on-line website.

This information will give participants the opportunity to learn about data management, provide
teachers with access to the data for classroom teaching, and allow scientists to use this data to
better understand how soil health is being affected across the state with changing weather
patterns leading to climate change.

To join MO DIRT contact us at:

Use the menu above to enter data and to access the soil health survey and data portal manuals, the
dates of the next training sessions, and the demographics of the project.