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4-H Vermicomposting

If you need to PRACTICUM paperwork to receive training credit, click HERE!

Below are links to the powerpoint slides for each lesson.

Lesson 1
Lesson 2
Lesson 3
Lesson 4
Lesson 5
Lesson 6

Below is a link to the pdf format of the Vermicomposting curriculum.

4-H Vermicomposting Curriculum

Below is a link to the Experiential Learning Model we like to use in 4-H .

Experiential Learning Model

Below are additional links to useful vermicomposting resources.


Rhonda Sherman: NC State University & N.C. Cooperative Extension Vermicomposting Site

This website includes NC worm resources & directory, vermicomposting curricula + book lists, answers to vermicomposting FAQ, as well as vermicomposting articles and/or research.

Vermicomposting Facts Bookmark: Worms Can Recycle Your Garbage!
Created by Mecklenburg County Extension Master Gardeners 

Backyard Conservation Tip Sheet: Composting with Worms
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Mecklenburg County Solid Waste & Recycling: Wipe Out Waste Initiative
2012-13 Organic Waste Reduction Workshops.
Contact E. Nadine Ford, 
Sr. Environmental Specialist for Mecklenburg County Waste Reduction/Compost ( or 704.432.1970) & register now! This website can also direct you to learn more about Mecklenburg County’s “Master Composters” Training Program as well as other helpful home composting resources.

“Worms Eat My Garbage” by author, Mary Appelhof
This is a book personally loved by one of our Extension Master Gardeners and Advisory Council members here in Mecklenburg County Extension, Mrs. Sandy Roork. This site provides more information about the book and about the late author who remains a world-renown compost enthusiast! This also includes a link to a sample chapter for “reading preview” purposes as well as information on how to order the book online. Reading level: Grade 5 through adults.

(in addition to 4-H Vermicomposting Curriculum)

Essential Standards: Ecosystems (5th Grade) – Vermicomposting Curriculum Alignment

Worm Cake Recipes
The first recipe was the one used for the Nov. 1st, 2012 MASAP Vermicomposting Training. These recipes are a great interest approach to incorporate when beginning to discuss composting with worms in your programs. Kids eat this “yummy worms” activity up!

Teacher Earthworm FAQ – All the Answers to Your Wormy Questions…
Here are some helpful answers to questions that may arise as you discuss earthworms. – Journey North: Earthworms
This site is best used when searching for short activities, fun worm facts, and interest approach ideas as you introduce your vermicomposting curriculum to your youth. *Please keep in mind that there are many different species of earthworms, the Eisenia fetida or “red wiggler” is the specific earthworm species used for vermicomposting purposes.*

The Adventures of Herman: University of Illinois Extension
We love this bilingual, digital resource for kids! This site offers several interactive activities for students to explore the “autobiography of Squirmin Herman, the worm.” We especially like, ‘Can’t Live Without Me – Why Herman & Other Worms Are So Important To Us’ as it helps and encourages students to realize the importance of worms in our environment. For younger students, we feel this may be best used in a “story time” format to help explain what all worms can do for us! Red Wiggler information at just a wiggle of your mouse…

Earthworm Composting Lesson/Project Plan
Resource created by the N.C. Cooperative Extension & Southern Region 4-H Wildlife Curriculum Committee. Designed for 9-12 year old students, this publication provides a materials list, instructions, a “field guide”, and GREAT questions to utilize when working on vermicomposting.

Worm Education Packet –
This extensive packet offers a wealth of supplemental activities that could be added to our 4-H curriculum on vermicomposting. This offers an outlet to “dig deeper” within vermicomposting and to give students an opportunity to learn and participate more! The “Time to Feed the Worms” log is especially helpful in afterschool settings in which the students are responsible for keeping track of their worms/worm bins + food and water.

Worm Composting: Worm Composting in the Classroom – Sedgwick County Extension
A Kansas State University Research & Extension publication that outlines worm composting in school classrooms – these materials are suggested for 3rd and 4th graders but could be modified to use in various youth programming settings.

School Vermicompost Survey – The Ohio State University Extension
This is a survey example for those wanting to “quiz” students on what they already know or what they’ve learned about vermicomposting. It’s also a good survey to have for parents to complete in an effort to try and get them involved in their child’s project!

“Diary of a Worm” by author, Doreen Cronin & Pictures by Harry Bliss
Another available book – only this one is just for kids! After all, we need to encourage childhood “book worms” to get excited about reading early on during in and out of school time! This is a particularly fun book to read to K-2 children as a way of introducing them to worms and an educational, yet comical day in the life of one. Book preview is provided.


“Earthworm Tea Good for Plants” – News Article by Stacy Kish

“Will Work For Food” – News Article by Rachel Foster

“Harnessing the Earth Worm” – News Article by Nachum Hirschel