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 *New* Worms at Work Field Trip

Recycling through composting with worms (vermiculture) is ecologically sound, educational and fun. At Fox Farm’s Worms at Work Field Trip each class will construct a vermicompost bin for the classroom.  In addition, your students will receive a grade specific lesson targeting the value and benefits of composting, specifically with worms.   

Some of the things they will learn are:

  • What is compost and what is it used for?

  • How worms turn food scrapes into compost.

  • The importance of worms in the environment.

  • The anatomy, life cycle and care of worms.

  • The cycle of life: life, death, decay and re-birth.

  • Biodegradable vs. Non- biodegradable materials

 

Cost:  $3.50 per student plus $50.00 per vemicompost bin.

 

 

 

Talking points for grade specific lessons

 

Learn how worms turn food scraps in to compost

Natures recyclers

Adds nutrients and organic matter back to the soil.

Diverts methane forming organic materials from landfills.

Vermicomposting – the process of having red worms and other decomposer organisms process our organic waste and turn it into a great natural fertilizer.

Compost – a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter that is used for fertilizing and condition land.

Decompose – to be broken down into parts, to rot.

Bedding – dirt, newspaper or leave use as bottom layer in a compost container.

Organic matter – material that is or was once alive.

Castings – A rich natural fertilizer packed with minerals and nitrogen.  Worm poo.

Worms live for approximately one year. 

Worms are hermaphrodites which mean they have male and female in one.

Worms have no eyes.

Worms breath through their skin.

Worms are annelids, have segmented bodies.

Worms have four hearts.

If a worms’ tail is broken off it will grow another. 

  

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You can also add the additional farm activities (Hay ride and visit to the Barnyard to pet and feed animals) to your Worms at Work field trip for an additional $3.00 per child.