The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC is embarking on a project to educate their six to nine million annual visitors about earth science systems. The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) wants to make sure soils are a key part of this message. SSSA is working with the Smithsonian to plan a Soils Exhibit as part of their Global Links/Forces of Change project. The exhibition will include a long-term soil monolith section, as well as specimens, graphics, and hand-on interactive that help visitors understand how soil is linked with the health of people and the environment.
SSSA is seeking sponsorships of the overall exhibit and the state soil monoliths.
As reported earlier, the soils display (DIG IT) opened at the Smithsonian on Saturday, July 19 th. Prior to the public opening, The Fertilizer Industry together with The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History hosted a reception and preview on the evening of Thursday, July 17 th. For contributors and those who had worked on the campaign. Agencies, Universities, and Societies from across the country were represented. The display is well done and should present our discipline favorably to the public. As previously said it is in a prominent position within the museum.Due to the crowd it was possible to take only one photograph (attached).
On Friday, July 18 th. The U.S. National Committee for Soil Science together with The National Academy of Sciences sponsored a related symposium entitled Soils: Sustaining Life on Planet Earth. This symposium featured 4 eminent speakers. The symposium was interesting and well attended.
C. Reese Berdanier
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