Soil Microscopy with Dr. Elaine Ingham FULL PACKAGE

Rodale Institute

Event Description:

This class with Dr. Elaine Ingham is entirely focused on microscope use and soil microorganisms identification.  The program is structured in a 3-day format with a class scheduled for Friday, August 2 followed by two days of supervised hands-on microscope practice on August 3 and 4/2013.  You have the choice to register for the Full Package (three days) or individual days, as they fit your personal schedule. The Full Package allows participants to use fresh information gained in the August 2 course to refine their skills in the use of a microscope to assess the quality of soil, compost and compost teas/extracts.

The August 2 class includes a morning set-up and operation technique section followed by preparation of soil/compost materials for microscope examination. The rest of the day will focus on identification of diverse groups of soil organisms. The following two days of the program (August 3 and 4) will utilize the knowledge gained in the microscope course to help you refine your identification skills under the supervision of Dr. Elaine Ingham and her Rodale team of researchers.

To register for all three days (Full Package) fill out the registration form below. To register for individual days, please call Maria Pop at 610-683-1481 or email 

We require that participants bring their own microscope or rent one of ours for a daily fee of $50. We recommend a microscope with 4X, 10X, and 40X objective lenses (40X is critical), and 10X eyepieces. If you do not already have a microscope and would like to buy one, we negotiated a 10% discount with the company where we buy our microscopes. Here is a link to their page:

The coupon code is "RODALE10P" (all in capital letters). The discount applies to the 4 microscopes sold with a camera. Make note that the discount does not apply to the M8311E microscope sold without a camera (item number 9401756). They also sell an aluminum case that will make it easier and safer to travel with your microscope.

For more information, contact Maria Pop, Education and Outreach Manager, at (610) 683-1481, or

Tuition includes lunch, snacks and refreshments. Pre-registration is required.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.