Composting with Red Wiggler Worms

Final Report for YNC10-058

Project Type: Youth
Funds awarded in 2010: $400.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2013
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Coordinator:
Julie Ahern
Andrew Cooke Magnet School
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Project Information


We had our 4th graders work with the worms. They collected food and spread it in the bins. We studied the parts of the worm and how they work, helping the soil while decomposing the compost, another area of our learning.

Project Objectives:

The students are now familiar with the parts of a worm and its importance to our soil.


Students in fourth grade brought in food items to sustain the worm growth. They used the books to learn about the worms and how they help our soil.


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  • Todd Freer


Materials and methods:
  • -worm trays
    -food scraps
Research results and discussion:

Students in the fourth grade now have a unit on worms each year.

Participation Summary

Project Outcomes

Project outcomes:

The worm unit is now an integral part of our science teacher's greenhouse program.


Areas needing additional study

We will be working on finding ways to sustain the purchasing of any additional worms needed.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.