Soilsafe Kids

About us

Soilsafe Kids promotes education and outreach about soil for the younger people of our population! We encourage kids to think about soil and its everyday relevance. We’re also interested to hear what kids value about soil.

In 2021, we asked adults across Aotearoa about their soil values – how they care for it and what concerns they have for it. Now, it’s kids’ turn! As kids make up more than 20% of Aotearoa’s population, it is really important to hear from kids to gain a better picture of all of our values.

 

School outreach

Soilsafe Kids offers a range of programmes for school-aged kids in Aotearoa. We have developed programmes that can be offered: virtually where we provide supplies and connect with your class online; in a hybrid model where some of our interactions are online and others are on-site outside, or in classic kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) delivery. If you are interested in hosting a Soilsafe Kids workshop and want to know more, please reach out to Sophia.

  • Our one-hour programme is aimed at early childhood centres or lower primary school classes. We run a single workshop to explore what soil is and some of its (conventional science) properties.
  • Our three-day programme is aimed at New Zealand Curriculum level two. It is a series of eight workshops that span soil knowledge from matauranga Māori about oneone, to soil pigment art, to conventional science, to health. Every workshop is interactive with a focus on soil. This programme feeds into our research on kids’ soil values and ends with a co-created showcase of what the kids have learned.

 

Teach a different age group? Want to explore what we can offer? Or, hosting an event where soil education & research would be a great fit? We are excited to discuss bespoke workshops – just reach out: soilsafeaotearoa@uoa.auckland.ac.nz 

 

 

Resources

These resources can be used in your classrooms or at home – we’d love to hear how you use them! Send us a note or a photo to tell us how you explore soil with them! We are also happy to answer any questions you may have.

Click on the title below to access the resource.

Soilsafe Kids soil worm survey

Soilsafe Kids soil organic matter colour test

Soilsafe Kids soil pH test

Soilsafe Kids soil water infiltration exploration

 

Who are we?

Dr Victoria Egli – Co Lead

Victoria is a Research Fellow in the University of Auckland’s School of Nursing. Her research focuses on kids, specifically children’s neighbourhood built environments; how things like where kids live, play, and go to school impacts on their health and wellbeing. Victoria loves spending time outside going for walks, looking after her garden, or playing with her sheep.

 

 

Dr Emma Sharp – Co Lead

Emma is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Environment at the University of Auckland. Emma’s background is in geography, biology, environmental science, and Māori studies. Her research interests are in food politics, values (social, environmental and economic), and citizen engagement in science and the environment. In addition to co-leading Soilsafe Kids, Emma also co-leads Soilsafe Aotearoa. She loves spending time outside with her kids who love the garden.

 

Dr Sophia Tsang – Co Lead

Sophia is a Research Fellow in the School of Environment and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching, both at the University of Auckland. Her work focuses on non-traditional outreach methods and learning about how lava flows affect cities. She loves to teach and mentor and has experience volunteering in preschools all the way through teaching post-graduates. If you have questions about Soilsafe Kids, she’d love to hear from you! Her email is. s.tsang@auckland.ac.nz.

 

Bridget Crawshaw-McLean – Research Officer

Bridget is currently completing her Masters in Dietetics and Nutrition with the University of Auckland. She has obtained a Bachelors of Science in Human Nutrition and Bachelor of Education in Primary Teaching. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys cooking, reading recipe books cover to cover, some light gardening and being in nature.

 

 

Our Partners

Nicole Schon (AgResearch)

Garden to Table

Oke

Ekarasa Doblanovic

Nicole Johnston