Reedy Creek Nature Center

Reedy Creek Nature Center

Established in 1993, the Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources’ mission is to protect the region’s biodiversity and natural heritage for its inherent value and for the benefit of future generations by promoting open space preservation, conserving natural communities, and fostering

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Soil Sampling


Program description

Soil is the lifeline for all natural terrrestrial communities.  Soil provides moisture and minerals for plants and food and shelter for animals.  Students will get down and dirty as they learn about the factors and organisms that influence formation of soils, discover the components of soil, and even meet some of the soil’s fascinating residents.

Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip
Subject: Other, Science
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 3, Grade 4
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Call to check availability of educators.

Available times:

At your convenience.

Length of program: 45 min to 1hour
Space / technical requirements:

Outdoor space and classroom.


At Reedy Creek Nature Center.

Fees / Ticketing:

The following prices are per class (max of 25 students): CMS at Reedy Creek Nature Center $30. Non CMS at Reedy Creek Nature Center $40.00.  Additional travel fee of $15 for programs at your site.


NC Standard Course of Study:

R4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone. We will learn technical terms for botanical and zoological species, types and processes.

SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. Time is allowed for questions and discussions about specific topics in each program.

SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively and orally. We will present and discuss information in various media formats, including hand-on exploration, outdoor oral presentation and digital media during our programs.

NC Essential Standards:

From Science Standards:

1.E.2 – Summarize the physical properties of earth materials by looking at different soils with a hand lens. Compare particle size and texture. Compare the properties of soils by comparing the drainage rates of sand, silt and clay and how they determine how plants survive.

3.L.2 – Discover how the texture of soil, the capacity to hold water , and the components of the soil determine the ability of the soil to support the growth and survival of plants by doing simple experiments with water and soil.

4.E.2 – Look at some earth processes such as erosion and weathering and how they change the surface fo the Earth over time. Look for some of these signs on the trails in the Preserve.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

Cancellation Policy

Program Refunds:

Refunds will be given (minus a 10% admin. fee) if cancellation notice is given at least 10 days in advance for Program Registrations.

There will be no refund if less than 10 days notice is given for Program Registrations.

The verified Main Contact is the only person who can withdraw a participant.

All refunds must be submitted via the Refund Request Form provided by Park and Recreation.

Customer should be aware that refunds take 10 days.