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Hogback Community College                                               FOREST SOILS IN THE HOGBACK ECOREGION

"I’m thoroughly impressed with Dr. Harper’s extensive knowledge of soil science, and her ability to share seemingly endless technical information, which also included plant species, geology and topography that all related back to soils characterization."

student in the 2012 offering of Forest Soils in the Hogback Ecoregion

 

Soil scientist Wendy Sue Harper will teach this 1-credit (16 hour) introductory course on forest soils. Students will attend 2 classroom presentations and 4 field trips targeting different soils on the Waterworks in Bristol. During classroom lectures, students will learn about soil properties as indicators of soil formation and land use potential (including the five soil forming factors, soil profiles and horizons, soil texture, structure, color, pH, and organic matter), and how to use NRCS soil information and maps.

During field studies, students will undertake simple experiments and learn basic field soil examination techniques while studying several different soil types (including glacial outwash deposits, clayplain soils, soils formed in acid or neutral tills, and wetlands and streambank soils).

This course is especially appropriate for landowners, natural resource professionals, educators, and planners who want to improve their understanding of soils and how they influence our landscape.

Participants who complete this course receive continuing education credit from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources: 8 ANR soil credits and 4 ANR non-soil credits.

   

About the Instructor 

Wendy Sue Harper, Ph.D. has over 20 years of experience in college-level education and agricultural technical assistance. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees were in soil science. She has taught soil science, ecological agriculture, and composting using skill-building approaches at Green Mountain College, the University of Vermont, and Dartmouth College. Wendy Sue teaches soils and/or composting to the Master Gardeners and Master Composters and has worked for UVM-Extension, Northeast-SARE, and NOFA-VT. Currently, Wendy Sue provides educational and technical services to the farming and gardening community through her business, WSH Consulting, in Monkton, VT.

 

 

Course Details

Date, Time, and Location of instruction:

Day

Date

Time

Location

Wednesday

3/27/13

7-9pm

Conference Room, Town Hall, Bristol

Saturday

3/30/13

9am-12noon

Waterworks in Bristol

Saturday

4/6/13

9am-12noon

Waterworks in Bristol

Wednesday

4/10/13

7-9pm

Conference Room, Town Hall, Bristol

Saturday

4/13/13

9am-12noon

Waterworks in Bristol

Saturday

4/20/13

9am-12noon

Waterworks in Bristol

Saturday - Snow day if needed

4/27/2013
9am-12noon
Waterworks in Bristol

 

Minimum/maximum student enrollment:

Minimum: 8    Maximum: 20

Fee: $160

Credit hours: 1 credit hour (16 hours of instruction)

Accreditation: The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has awarded this course 8 ANR soil credits and 4 ANR non-soil credits.

 

How to Apply: Download a registration form here. On it you’ll find detailed information about the registration process, including fees, cancellation policies, directions to course meeting sites, etc. Please complete the registration form and mail with payment to VERMONT FAMILY FORESTS to the address indicated on the form. We will hold your payment until we reach the minimum number of students required for offering the course. If we have already reached the course’s maximum student capacity by the time you submit your registration, we will place you on a waiting list.