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Vermicomposting Workshop

Meet the incredible creatures that decompose and transform waste into a rich fertilizer.

  • Learn how worms can get rid of your kitchen waste or leftover food from your lunchbox and make an organic fertilizer for a garden or flowerpots. Meet some of the incredible organisms that are an important part of the soil. Join us for an amazing hands-on learning experience that will set the foundations and motivation to start a vermicomposting bin for the classroom or home.

    Activities include:

    • Students will be engaged in a discussion about sustainability, watch a presentation and short video about earth worms and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They will learn how worms can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    • The lab part of the workshop will give students an opportunity to use magnifying glasses to observe the vermicomposting's inhabitants: worms and other creatures that live in harmony in the compost.

    • Students sketch the animals found in the compost and depending on the grade they identify flying and crawling animals. They draw a decomposition food web, discuss benefits of vermicomposting at home, and talk about human activities, their implications and solutions.
  • Program Length:
    This activity is for about an hour. However, this hands-on learning experience will set the foundations and motivation to start and/or to improve a garden at the school or home. After the first vermicomposting workshop, if the students wish, the follow-up sessions include setting up a vermicompost for the classroom or solving any questions that might arise after starting a vermicompost.

    Program Age Range:
    Ages 6 to 12. Particularly for grades 2, 4 and 7

  • GradeTopic
    1Needs of Animals and Plants
    2Small Crawling and Flying animals
    3Animal Life Cycles
    4
    Waste and Our World
    Plant Growth and Changes
    5Science Inquiry
    6Evidence and investigation
    7Interactions and Ecosystems
    8Science Inquiry
    9
    Biological Diversity
    Environmental Chemistry

    Activities include:

    Grade 2:
    • Describe the general structure and life habits of small crawling and flying animals (e.g. insects, spiders, worms, slugs)
    • Learn what animals eat, who eats them, and which animal characteristics help them fit in their environment
    • Compare and contrast at least three small animals (invertebrates) that are found in the local environment
    • Identify each animal’s role within the food chain
    • Identify animals as plant eaters, animal eaters or decomposers
    • Identify ways in which animals are considered helful or harmful to humans and to the environment
    Grade 4:
    • Identify and classify waste that result from human activity (biodegradable and non-biodegradable)
    • Learn about traditional disposal of solid waste
    • Describe alternative methods of disposal currently used within the local community
    • Identify kinds of waste that may be toxic to people and to the environment
    • Identify alternate materials and processes that may decrease the amount of waste produced. E.g. reducing wastage of food, composting, using both sides of a piece of paper
    • Identify ways in which materials can be reused or recycled
    • Develop and implement a plan to reduce waste, and monitor what happens over a period of time. Implement alternatives such as composting or vermicomposting to protect our environment
    Grade 7:
    • Interactions and Ecosystems
    • Food Webs (producers, consumers and decomposers)
    • Plant Needs and growing conditions
    • Fertilizer and soil nutrients
    • Trace and interpret the flow of energy and materials within an ecosystem
    • Biotic and abiotic components
    • Human activities, dealing with our garbage
    • Identify and classify waste that result from human activity (biodegradable and non-biodegradable)
    • raditional disposal of solid waste
    • Describe alternative methods of disposal currently used within the local community
    • evelop and implement a plan to reduce waste and monitor what happens over a period of time
    • Implement alternatives such as composting or vermicomposting to protect our environment
  • Cost for a group of about 25 participants is $ 200 CAD
  • Do you help set up a compost bin?
    Yes, we will be happy to set up a compost bin for a classroom, cafeteria, home, or for another location.

    How do you separate the compost from the worms to use the compost?
    There are a number of ways that this can be done. We will be happy to show you how this can be done.

    What will be accomplished during the lesson, what takeaway lessons will be taught?
    Organic Waste - in all its forms- is a valuable resource. Vermicomposting is also an organic waste management sustainable solution that reduces GHG emissions, fertilizer consumption and contributes with waste diversion.

    What follow-up teaching resources do you recommend?
    Worm Composting
    Worm Composting Basics

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