Soil Science in the Field Workshop, Aug 17-23, 2013

Soil Science in the Field, a course offered by the Soil Science Society of America, will teach/train/retrain participants on field techniques associated with soil science. It is a course in which the individuals will spend approximately 90% of their time in the field (10% classroom time).

The general goal is to give the participants the field experience needed to be successful field soil scientists. Many of today’s soil scientists (especially recent graduates) and those who practice soil science have had limited soil field experience/training. We take for granted that a soil scientist “knows the field”, but this is not true.

As part of SSSA’s commitment to professionals and with the recent formation of the division, Consulting Soil Scientists, the target audience for the 2013 session will be professionals, although the course is also open to students. Participants should have some working knowledge of soils and/or have taken an introductory soils course. Early career professionals may be interested in attending the field course to “brush-up” on material before taking the fundamentals exam to be certified/licensed as a soil scientist.

This course will provide an opportunity for the participants to be better educated/trained soil scientists in field techniques, earn CEUs (if needed), and students may earn course credit (if needed).  Overall, the goal is to provide additional educational opportunities for the field training that is integral to a professional career in soil science.

Location: The course will be held in northern Wisconsin at Treehaven, the Summer Field Experience location for the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. This field camp has the classrooms, lodging, dining and field facilities necessary to successfully carry-out the field camp. The cities of Tomahawk and Rhinelander offer many recreational activities. There is a regional airport in Wausau, WI (about 40 miles south) and a small airport only serviced by Delta in Rhinelander, WI (RHI) about 15 miles from Treehaven. Visit the Treehaven website to learn more about the location.

Registration: For SSSA members, the course registration fee is $1495.  SSSA members need to contact Michele Lovejoy or call 608-273-4947 to receive the promotional code for the discounted price.  For non-members, the course registration fee is $1795.  This pricing includes lunches at Treehaven from August 18 – 22, 2013.  Those interested in becoming SSSA members may do so for $100 for professionals, $35 for graduate students and $15 for undergraduates. See https://www.soils.org/membership for more information.

Deadline: Registration closes on June 30.

For more information contact: Mary E. Collins, mec@ufl.edu or Dawn Ferris, dferris@soils.org.

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