Worm Anatomy at Lexington

Welcome to the garden, our new classes! I returned from spring break to a blooming garden, both in and out of the beds! All of the spring rains and recent sunshine have caused our plants to flourish as well as the weeds. Our new classes came into the garden amazed to see the resurrected, formerly brown, grape vines now thriving.┬áThe fruit trees are also covered in green leaves and the flowers are bright and colorful. I started class by leading a tour around the garden and pointing out all the plants that were growing. We then gathered back together at the tables to learn about a very important creature in the garden — the earthworm!

I passed around a worksheet showing 4 of the worm’s body┬áparts. The mouth, setae (small hairs), clitellum (where they lay eggs), and the anus. The kids then looked at actual worms with magnifying glasses and identified the worms body parts. I explained the utility of the worm in the garden to break down food scraps and make new soil. The nutrient rich compost excreted by worms helps our plants grow.

The kids then put their worms into a bin with food scraps, paper, and dead leaves to begin decomposing.





Til next week!

Ranger Claire

Claire Heddles

Claire is a researcher and sociologist who grew up in Tucson, AZ. She loves being outside and sharing the joy of growing with the kids at Utah Street School.