Resources for a Healthy Garden, Yard and Landscape
This Educational Resource Page features informative, interesting and fun websites for you to visit.The Ocean County Soil Conservation District has made available numerous resources to help you learn more about healthy soil, native plants, pollinators and more, and to connect with other like-minded groups within the community.
- The Barnegat Bay Watershed Educational Resource Guide
- is an extensive document that shares the contact information for leading environmental organizations serving the Barnegat Bay watershed.
- The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
- Visit for Dig It! The Secrets of Soil exhibit plus games and other educational activities.
- From The Ground Up, The Science of Soil
- is a website that has many fun activities for families and interactive lesson plans for teachers.
- Project Budburst
- is a National Science Foundation citizen Science phrenology program for students. Project Budburst participants make careful observations of the timing of leafing, flowering, and fruiting phases of plants throughout the year and submit their data, which is used by scientists to learn more about how plant species respond to changes in climate locally, regionally and nationally.
- Wild Ones
- a non-profit organization that promotes native plants and natural landscaping, provides information about how to create a natural area in your school yard.
- “Celebrating Wildflowers”
- USDA Forest Service offers puzzles, coloring pages and activities for kids.
Soil Education Articles and Updates
Life in the Leaves!
Green leaves of summer are ablaze in scarlet, crimson and gold, as trees and shrubs begin to wind-down for winter. Through photosynthesis, these mini food factories provided an essential service in turning water and carbon dioxide into sugars for their host. But their job duties do not end there. Leaves take on a new role in the winter. These brown leafy blankets protect pupating caterpillars and provide habitat for moths and butterflies.