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NPK: Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium

NPK, or Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium, are vital nutrients for plant growth. Teaching students about NPK is crucial as it fosters understanding of food production and environmental sustainability. This knowledge empowers students to make informed choices, appreciate the role of nutrients in ecosystems and contribute to a greener future.

Here are some one-pagers on each nutrient:


A case study about Lake Erie for high school students

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An investigation for high school students to explore the science of water quality challenges in Lake Erie.

Lake Winnipeg coming soon

Virtual Youth Summit – 2022

Global Food Security for the 21st Century.

A partnership between Nutrients for Life, 4R Solution, and 4-H Ghana. Listen to how the 4R Solution program is helping agriculture thrive in Ghana. Learn from three 4-H members who discuss their 4R Champion projects and how what they learned from their projects!

Youth Summit: Climate-Smart Agriculture – 2021 – Day 1

Climate-Smart Farming: We All Play a Role

Keynote: Tom Bruulsema of Plant Nutrition Canada.

Youth Summit: Climate-Smart Agriculture – 2021 – Day 2

The Role of Innovations in Agriculture Towards a Sustainable Future

Keynote: David Pinzon, Regulatory Affairs Manager, Crop Protection and Biotech at Corteva Agriscience

Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century

Soil science and sustainability

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A classroom resource on soil science and agricultural sustainability. This resource targets middle- and high-school students in Canada with engaging learning materials on the important role plant nutrients play in global food security and the creation and maintenance of green spaces.

4R Nutrient Stewardship

Introduces the 4R framework

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Introduces students to sustainable agriculture, more specifically 4R Nutrient Stewardship and its framework including using the 4Rs (Right Source at Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place).

Greener World

Lawns can help the environment

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Focuses on fertilizer use in lawns. Healthy grass reduces pollution, absorbs greenhouse gas, and produces an abundant supply of clean oxygen. Did you know that a 50-foot by 50-foot home lawn creates enough oxygen for a family of four every day?

Feeding the World & Protecting the Environment

A high school environmental science teacher supplemental resource

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Printed Materials

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Interactive Periodic Table

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Students can click on an element and see how it relates to soil science. This tool allows students to independently explore the macronutrients and micronutrients, essential to plants.


Nutrients for Life and our partners have developed computer and mobile games for the classroom.

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