Environment Celebration Institute

Microscope Class

LEARN HOW TO USE A MICROSCOPE

Learn how to operate the microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil in order to identify the creatures being assessed. Identification of each group of organisms, including beneficial and pathogen morphology, will be covered. Each student should have their own microscope. A microscope template to convert the concentration of organisms into biomass will be available for download. Microscopes should have a camera to take pictures to share what is being seen. Use of smart phones to take pictures will also be shown. You will learn to analyze the compost extracts and teas to learn what constitutes good compost and compost tea on a microscopic level. This is essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under out feat. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well-being of our plants. You will learn the processes that will maximize biological diversity and how to identify microbes with a microscope and count them using a spreadsheet.
 
Registration is now open for the self paced Microscope Class and you can start now.

10 Video Class Sessions
8 Recorded Webinars
163 Video Slides
140 Pages of Video Text
10 .mp3 Audio Files
10 Quizzes and Feedback

These special sessions will train you to use simple, but effective, shading light microscope methods to identify soil biology. Learn how to operate a simple light microscope to obtain the best resolution of life in the soil. Learn to identify the creatures in the soil and differentiate beneficial from detrimental organisms. You will receive a spreadsheet to convert visual results in the concentration of organisms per gram (teaspoon) of soil, and into biomass per gram will be explained.

  • “Eyes on Knowledge”
  • Shadowing light microscope techniques
  • Identification of bacterial, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes
  • Learn to operate a simple light microscope
  • Receive a spreadsheet to convert organisms/gram into biomass/gram

You will be able to access all video class sessions and recorded webinars for up to one year from the date you purchased the class, but these may not be downloaded. You will be able to view the 30-90 minute class video session at your convenience. There are no set times for viewing the sessions. We ask that you complete the quiz for each session before proceeding to the next video.

You are welcome to download the other class materials and keep them with you forever for reference – Video Text Transcriptions, Video Slides, Quizzes and Feedback, and the Audio Recordings.

Microscope Class Sessions (10 Sessions)

Session 1 – Introduction to the Microscope: Part 1
Session 2 – Introduction to the Microscope: Part 2
Session 3 – Morphology of Different Organism Groups: Bacteria
Session 4 – Morphology of Different Organism Groups: Fungi
Session 5 – Morphology of Different Organism Groups: Algae, Pollen & Protozoa
Session 6 – Morphology of Different Organism Groups: Nematodes
Session 7 – Morphology of Other Materials In Soil
Session 8 – Quantification: Using the Spreadsheet
Session 9 – Seven Fields: Assess Variability from Field to Field
Session 10 – Practical Quiz

 

These special sessions will train you to use simple, but effective shadowing light microscope methods to identify soil biology.

BEST VALUE!! The Microscope Class is included in the 4 Class Package. You can get this class and three others for a reduced price.