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Okanagan Science Centre aims to bring awareness to soil health

October 30, 2023  By Vernon Morning Star

The Okanagan Science Centre has dug up a new exhibit, and it’s all about the wonders of soil.

As reported in the Vernon Morning Star, the centre announced the inclusion of a new interactive exhibit on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum called Soil Superheroes.

With on-site and digital programming, Soil Superheroes aims to bring awareness to soil health and sustainability, a critical issue that affects food security, climate, health and overall quality of life for Canadians.


“Soil Superheroes is a great addition to our main gallery and many of the upcoming climate action initiatives that are happening at the science centre this fall,” says Dione Chambers, executive director. “Guests have the opportunity to check out the travelling exhibit until January 2024. We invite everyone of all ages to come and check it out.”

The exhibit provides visitors with an underground perspective on the importance of soil, featuring star players such as Captain Clay, The Mole and Wonder Worm. People can learn how the world beneath their feet provides humans with food and medicine, as well as less obvious benefits like clean drinking water.

Through playful imagery and a colourful storyline, these small-but-mighty characters help answer the questions, “What is soil, anyway? Why is it so important?” They also offer reminders that human activities — from farming practices to what we buy, reuse and recycle — affects soil health around the world.

Soil Superheroes opened at the Science Centre Oct. 1 and wraps up Jan. 7. For more information, visit

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