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New Discovery Zone: Soil Lab

Did you know that in Canada, we lose about 838 hockey rinks’ worth of our best farmland every day? Or that one teaspoon of healthy soil can contain more organisms than there are people on Earth?

Find out about the fragile world beneath our feet at the new Soil Lab, a unique space for learning and exploring at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum!

Put on your lab coat and use real soil science instruments to explore the chemical, physical and biological properties of soils. Participate in experiments to learn why soil is such an important resource and find out what farmers do to take care of it. Get your hands dirty by helping to plant and take care of the Museum’s garden or by digging into a fresh scoop of active vermicompost!

Join us for daily demos, or take the time to explore on your own…Bet you’ll never look at soil the same way again!

Join us for special opening day activities on
Earth Day Saturday, April 22, 2017!

Spring planting

Help a Museum guide prepare the garden, then sow (and taste) some fast-growing cold-hardy crops. Learn how plants grow and how we can help them meet their needs!

“Growing seed” necklace craft

Make a piece of “living jewelry” to take home, learn about what plants need to grow and why soil is so important for agriculture.

Meet the Soil Makers

Meet nature’s little “recycling bins” – red wriggler earthworms and their friends. Look into microscopes to observe the variety of organisms large and small who turn our food scraps into rich fertilizer and compost!

“Soil Cup” Edible Craft

Did you know the layer of soil that covers the Earth is only about 1.5 metres thick? Make a healthy yoghurt-topper snack to take home and learn about the different layers of soil you find when you start digging!


Are all soils the same? Can you figure out the recipe for the soil in your garden? Try the #MySoilRecipe activity!

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