2019 Summer Soil ID Course – Osoyoos

Upon completing this course, participants will know how to:

  • texture a soil
  • dig a soil pit for description and interpretation purposes
  • differentiate and describe horizons
  • interpret soils and landscapes for possible land uses using a basic approach

Thanks to our mentors who generously teach the course content!


Please contact prsssemail@gmail.com if you are interested in a last-minute spot.


  • $100 – students
  • $200 – professionals

To attend the course you must be a 2019/2020 PRSSS member (membership fees are $10 for students and $20 for professionals).

Participant Information

Accommodations and Food

For participants who requested camping accommodation, a booking has been made at Gallagher Lake in Oliver. The cost will be $40 (arriving Monday August 5, leaving Thursday August 8). As we do not have a group site, we strongly encourage the sharing of larger (i.e. 4-person) tents rather than having many smaller (i.e. 1 or 2 person) tents.

Participants are responsible for their own meals for the duration of the trip. A group dinner on Wednesday August 8 will be available for of $10. 

Please bring cash for payment or e-transfer prsssemail@gmail.com in advance. Bring extra cash if you’re interested in purchasing soil books or PRSSS merchandise!

Draft Schedule

Monday, August 5
Evening Campground is booked for participants to arrive in the evening
Tuesday, August 6
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Introductory lecture and hand-texturing exercise
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Soil pit 1 (vinyard, Black Sage Road)
Wednesday, August 7

8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Geology/material type overview (Anarchist summit lookout

Soil pit 2 (Montane Spruce zone, Mt. Baldy Road)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Soil pit 3 (Engelmann Spruce Subalpine Fir Zone, Mt. Baldy)
5:30 pm Group dinner at the campground ($10)
Thursday, August 8
8:30 am – 12:00 pm Soil pit 4 (Secrest Hill Road)
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Soil pit 5 (White Lake Road)

Background Materials

Before arriving at the course it would be helpful if participants were familiar with the following documents: