Meeting Information

Soil School


March 29 - April 2, 2017

Soil School Description:

Soil School for arborists teaches basic soil science at Catalina island in a geologically diverse setting.  The meeting convenes from Wednesday evening to Sunday mid-day.  Cost includes all meals and the boat ride over (parking at the marina is not covered) Twenty-two hours of Arborist CEUs are awarded for this meeting.  There will also be opportunities for hiking, bird watching, aquatics and just relaxation on this destination meeting place at Camp Emerald Bay.  

All areas of soil science will be covered from soil formation to soil biology and chemistry.  Basic soil experiments will be conducted on the island and emphasis will be placed on analyzing soils in a field setting.  Specific exercises will cover soil bio-assays, basic mineral nutrient contents, soil salinity analysis, soil bulk density calculation, water infiltration, soil moisture determination both electronically and gravimetrically, and soil textural analysis.  There will be evening campfires, movie night and Tracey's gourmet food as well as Jim's coffee.
What to Bring To Soil School: 

Head Lamp or flashlight, small notebook, camera, jacket, duffel with sleeping bag and clothing as well as personal items for three days of stay. 

Ferry Information:

We will be departing San Pedro Port on Wednesday, March 29th at 
2:55 pm and returning on San Pedro Port on Sunday, April 2nd 6:00 pm. The ferry ride to Two Harbors is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.

There is a public parking structure next to the ferry terminal. Parking is not covered in registration. You will need to pay $18.00 per full day. The parking vendor accepts cash, credit cards or traveler's checks only.



25.5 - CA / CTW / MS
20 - BCMA-S
5.5 - BCMA-P


Advance Registration (before 3/19/17):

$385.00 - WCISA Member
$485.00 - Non-WCISA Member

Regular Registration (on or after 3/20/17):

$485.00 - WCISA Member
$585.00 - Non-WCISA Member


Camp Emerald Bay
Catalina Island