About the 4-H Soil & Water Science Project
Stewardship of our soil and water resources is vital to keeping our earth clean. Learn all about the importance of soil and water quality, how they interact, and how we can protect and preserve them!
Contact the Marion County 4-H office:
Soil & Water Science Project Resources
You can learn more about soil and water science by completing one of the project activity guides, based on your grade level:
- Soil and Water Science Level 1 (Grades 3-5) (PDF Version)
- Soil and Water Science Level 1 Facilitator’s Guide
- Soil and Water Science Level 2 (Grades 6-8)
- Soil and Water Science Level 2 Facilitator’s Guide
- Soil and Water Science Level 3 (Grades 9-12)
- Soil and Water Science Level 3 Facilitator’s Guide
Project manuals may also be available to purchase at the Marion County Extension office, and older editions of manuals (if available) are free. Contact us to ask about availability!
Keep track of what you learn using a record sheet:
- Soil and Water Science Record Sheet
- Soil and Water Science Independent Study Record Sheet (Advanced)
- Soil and Water Science Independent Study Record Sheet (Mentoring)
Showcasing What You’ve Learned
You can create a project exhibit to showcase what you’ve learned while working on your project. Project exhibits are submitted for judging at the annual Marion County Showcase.
- Soil and water science exhibit guidelines for 4-H members grades 3-12
- Marion County 4-H poster exhibit guidelines and tips
- A reference list must be included with your poster.
Advancing to the State Fair
- Yes! Soil and water science projects exhibits from 4-H members grades 3-12 are eligible to advance to the State Fair.
Cloverbuds (Grades K-2)
Share what you have learned about soil and water using a poster or notebook. A reference list must be included with your exhibit. Suggestions:
- An experiment with soil or water such as a soil sediment jar, water filtration experiment, water testing experiment, or experiment with erosion.
- What you have learned about soil or water pollution, or about the effects of worms or other soil organisms on soil quality.
Cloverbud projects are for exhibition only (not judged), so there are no score cards, and exhibits are not eligible to advance to the State Fair.
More Soil & Water Science Project Resources
- See Indiana 4-H’s soil and water science project page for more resources.