Get the scoop on why soil is vital to life at the International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) January 15 and 16!

The Soil Science Expo at IMAS is a weekend-long event celebrating the ground under our feet  with virtual programs occurring Saturday, January 15, and a community day on-site Sunday, January 16 from 1-5 p.m. The event will feature hands-on art and science activities, research poster presentations, and opportunities for visitors to engage with civil engineers, soil scientists, and a Texas Master Naturalist. The IMAS will provide guided tours of “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil.” IMAS is the first Smithsonian Affiliate museum to pilot this new form of DIY exhibits from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Participating organizations include For the Love of Soil, McAllen Public Utility, Rodriguez Engineering Laboratories LLC, South Texas College, Texas A&M University, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Guest presenters include Dr. Yamina Pressler, PhD in Ecology (Colorado State University) and co-founder of For the Love of Soil, a wildly independent soil science education, communication, and art organization.

Teens are invited to register for the Soil Art Workshop with Dr. Pressler on Saturday, January 15 at 2:00 p.m. The workshop fee of $2 ($1 for IMAS Members) includes a kit with soil-based watercolors for participants to paint alongside Dr. Pressler during a Zoom webinar. The workshop is recommended for 6th-12th graders and registration is available online beginning January 4 or during open hours at (956) 681-2800.

Soil Science Expo at the IMAS

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