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A Handful of Soil School Program

A Handful of Soil

To see a world in a handful of soil ... Show your preschool, or primary students the magic of germination with A Handful of Soil. This 90-minute program includes examining compost samples, germinating a bean, and planting a garden.

Program Description:

There’s new life both above and below the ground in spring. In A Handful of Soil, students examine compost samples and learn the vital role earthworms play in creating healthy soil for plants. They then explore the magic of germination through role-play and by germinating a bean to take back to class. Finally, get ready to dig in the soil as students plant a garden at the Museum.

Curriculum Links:

Junior Kindergarten Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems Preschool Competency 5 — To construct his/her understanding of the world  
Kindergarten Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems Primary Cycle 1 Science and Technology — To explore the world of science and technology
Grade 1 Science and Technology — Understanding Life Systems    

Teacher Tips:

Dress for the dirt and the weather (sunscreen, hats, rain gear). Make name tags to help the Museum Educator build rapport with students. Stay for lunch (not provided) in our outdoor picnic area. See more pre-visit tips or download our pre-visit information PDF .


$9 per student, $1 per chaperone (group leader is free).
A minimum fee of $144 will be charged per group.


To reserve this program call 613-991-3053 or 1-866-442-4416 (toll free). You may also complete the online reservation form or email

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