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Get to Know Your Earthworm!

Bring an earthworm to your visit and learn all about your new friend! Together, we'll do some simple (and worm-safe) science experiments that will let us "dig in" to the science of earthworms. After the program, you can keep your worm overnight or return it to nature.

Jodi Wheeler-Toppen

45 Minute Program

 

$129


Bring an earthworm (see below) and join us as we observe our worms and figure out how they see, smell, move, eat, and more! We will do a series of 7 hands-on activities from the book This is a Book to Read with a Worm to learn more about them. We'll even use a special "x-ray vision" trick to peek inside at their organs (don't worry; it won't hurt them!). At the end of our visit, you can make your worm a home where it can stay until you are ready to return it to the soil outside. I am also happy to answer any questions about the process of researching and writing about worms or what it's like to be a science writer.

You will need a few common household objects as well as your worm, so check the list below.

An earthworm (Need help finding a worm? Here are some tips!)
Paper towel
Flashlight
one sheet of paper (scratch paper is fine)
Clear plastic bag such as a sandwich bag
Cotton swab
Rubbing alcohol OR hand sanitizer OR vanilla extract
Plastic single serve bottle (for water or soda) and scissors OR wide-mouth glass jar (e.g., spaghetti sauce jar)
Aluminum foil or black construction paper
Access to water and dirt (yard dirt is fine)

About the Author

Jodi Wheeler-Toppen is a science author and teacher with 15+ books for children including: This is a Book to Read with a Worm (Charlesbridge), Cat Science Unleashed (National Geographic Kids), Dog Science Unleashed (National Geographic Kids), and Edible Science (National Geographic Kids).

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