SOIL TUNNEL TRAILER

The Soil Tunnel Trailer is a self-contained, 12’ x 8.5’ enclosed trailer featuring soils and the interactions of our natural resources underground. The professional design, inside and outside, brings the world of soil to life by giving the appearance of being in an underground tunnel.

One wall of the trailer illustrates the natural history of soil with 3-D worms, roots, and other organisms. The other wall shows human impacts on soil, such as toxic waste and septic system contamination. The top of the trailer holds eye-catching, hand-made replicas of native prairie and wetland plants, and the exterior displayed hand-painted soil profile horizons.

The Soil Tunnel Trailer serves as a walk-through learning tool and backdrop for a variety of lessons at schools, field days, county fairs and other events. It is designed to be applicable for visitors of all ages.

Contact our office at 913-294-3751 ext.3 or Cheryla.reynolds@usda.gov if you would like to have the trailer at your educational event or school.   

The professional artist who made this traveling museum come to life is Randall Bennett of Tall Grass Museum Services in Lawrence, Kansas. Randall fabricates dioramas, murals, sculptures, and illustrations. He has completed most of the exhibits in the Flint Hills Museum, Clinton Lake Visitors Center, Hillsdale Lake Visitor Center, and the Dry Tortugas National Park-Sea Turtle Exhibit.

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SOIL TUNNEL TRAILER SPONSORSHIPS

Miami County Conservation District and Kansas Department of Health and Environment (through Clean Water Neighbor Grant) funded the majority of the trailer. Additional sponsors included: No-Till on the Plains, KFRM Radio – 550 AM, Kansas Soybean Commission, Agriland, the following county conservation districts: Douglas, Franklin, Montgomery, Crawford, Lane, Osage, Wyandotte.