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Environment Celebration Institute

Microscope Class (Open to New Students)

$997.00

Enrollment in this class is now open to new students. Learn basic microscope techniques for viewing and identification of beneficial microorganisms found in soil, compost, compost tea, and compost extract. The classes offers step-by-step easy to understand instructions about using the microscopes.

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LEARN MICROSCOPY

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. Look under the information tab – supplies page for recommended microscopes. A microscope template to convert the concentration of organisms into biomass will be included in the class. Microscopes should have cameras to take pictures to share what is being seen. Use of smart phones to take pictures pictures will also be shown. We show you how to analyze compost, soil, 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 our feet. Get the necessary training to identify the bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well being of our plants. We will cover the processes that will maximize biological diversity to get the most bang for your buck and are the most efficient methods for bringing back microbe diversity. This allows you to eliminate inorganic fertilizers and herbicides which decrease diversity and degrade soil health. You will learn how to identify microbes with a microscope and count them using a spreadsheet.

 

10 Videos

8 Recorded Video Webinars

10 Audio Recordings

140 Pages of Video Transcripts

163 Video Slides

10 Quizzes & Feedback

 

These Special sessions will train people to use  simple, but effective, shadowing light microscope methods to identify soil biology. Learn what constitutes good compost and compost tea based on microscope assessment. These sessions are essential for anyone who wishes to gain “eyes on” knowledge of the soil universe and what really goes on under our feet. Get the necessary training to identify bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes that drive the health and well-being of our plants. Students are required to have their own microscopes to follow along with the videos.

  • “Eyes on” Knowledge
  • Shadowing Light Microscope Techniques
  • Identification of Bacteria, Fungi, Protozoa, Nematodes, etc.
  • See the Soil Universe Unfold Before Your Eyes

 

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 be able to access past released video sessions for up to one year from the date the class begins. You will be able to view the approximately 45 minute video sessions at your convenience. There are no set times for the sessions. You can watch and rewatch the videos and webinars as many times as you want to throughout the year, but they may not be downloaded. But you are welcome to download and keep the other materials – video text, video slides, quizzes and feedback and audio recordings.

There will be transcripts and slides for each video that you can download and view as you are taking your quizzes. In addition, the webinars will be available to you during this year.

There will be Certificates of Completion issued at the end of the class for all who receive an average score of 70% or higher across all the quizzes.

“We are going to be talking about putting the microscope together, using the microscope, and the steps that you have to go through every time you start to use the microscope.”

Class 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 & 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
Session 11. Final Quiz

Testimonials

“Thanks for putting this site (the soil microbe library as part of the microscope class) together. it is a great companion to the microscope class. I have found the site to be well organized and very helpful.” S. Brooks

“Thanks! This class has been a terrific step in building on the knowledge I have gained from university education and time in the field. I intend to put it to good use. I appreciate the recognition. Perhaps. some time I can meet you all face to face. In the meantime, may all your work be blessed.” Raye

“I just wanted to thank you for the Institute and your inputs into my life and education.” L. L. Barron

“I just wanted to thank you guys for offering such informative courses. I just had to take the time to tell you guys from the bottom of my heart thank you so much. I am extremely glad that I decided to take the courses offered by ECI.” D. Jacobs

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