Worms Go to SchoolClassroom worm bins offer lessons beyond organic decomposition.
The worm to student ratio at six Pierce County schools increased last year when our environmental education programs focused on vermicomposting, which is composting food scraps with red worms. Students helped build worm bins for their classrooms, added food and learned how to properly maintain their bins.
Worm bins are a valuable teaching tool.
Compost education encourages children to use their senses to see, smell, touch and identify the natural processes that break down food.
A worm bin is an ideal way to study a healthy ecosystem because students learn about the relationship between earthworms, plants and ecological sustainability. Vermicomposting also fits well with state learning requirements for these concepts.