Digging Deeper (Dec 2019)

Soils Training for Soil Professionals


Kathryn Luxford

Joni Tanner


In response to local health department requests, the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is offering a series of soils workshops designed especially for those who already have a strong understanding of soil genesis, mineralogy, physical properties, and implications for land use.


  • Environmental Health Specialists
  • Licensed Soil Scientists
  • Professional Engineers


Soils 310: Soils of the Fall Zone and Outer Piedmont

December 17, 2019

Booth Field Learning Lab
Raleigh, NC

$200 Register Now

 Registration Information

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NOTE: The registration fee includes refreshment breaks, lunch, and a certificate of attendance.

Learn about the genesis, distribution, classification and use of soils with the appreciation of a working professional. Learn how soils in the Fall Zone and Outer Piedmont have formed and how they vary across a landscape. Join soil classification specialists, along with other experts in soils, geology and ground water, in observing soils and discussing their classification, distribution on the landscape and impacts on land use. Two major soil systems are covered: 1) the Fall Zone Soil System where the Coastal Plain Physiographic Province overlaps the Piedmont Province, and 2) the Felsic Crystalline Soil System in the Piedmont.

NOTE: Participants must provide their own transportation to the Clayton Research Station in the afternoon.

Weather:  This class will be held rain or shine.  Please watch the weather and dress accordingly for spending time in the field.


8:45am-9:00am Registration

9:00am     Introduction

9:15am    Soils, landscapes, geology, and classification

10:15am  Break

10:30am  Field Site 1 – Felsic Crystalline Soil System (Lake Wheeler Lab)

  • Felsic Crystalline System Examples
  • Cecil Soil
  • Helena-like Soil with Reticulate Mottling Pattern
  • Soil Properties and Distribution

12:00pm   Lunch

1:00pm     Field Site 2 – Upper Coastal Plain and Fall Zone (Clayton Res. Station)

  • Bonneau Soil
  • Variability of E Horizon
  • Drainage Catena in the Upper Coastal Plain
  • Landscape Relationships of Coastal Plain and Piedmont in the Fall Zone
  • Variability of Coastal Plain Cappings

4:30pm   Adjourn

Classroom Addresses:

Booth Field Learning Lab
4000 Chi Rd
Raleigh, NC 27603


Professional Credit: 6 Hours

  • Environmental Health Specialists (NCREHS).  This course agenda has been submitted for approval for the December 6, 2019 Board Meeting.
  • Licensed Soil Scientists (self-claim)
  • Professional Engineers and Surveyors (self-claim)
  • NOTE: These courses will not be submitted for credit for septic installers, septic inspectors, or wastewater operators. For courses approved by NCOWCICB and WPCSOCC, please visit: go.ncsu.edu/wastewater-ce