Earthworms ID and ecology

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Date(s) - 06/02/2018
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Ecology Park


Earthworms: identification and ecology (a hands-on event for kids and adults)

Did you know Peterborough has several species of earthworm, and that they’re all introduced from Europe or Asia? Worms can help farming, composting, and are good fishing bait. But worms are also hurting many of our native plants and animals, by eating the leafy-soil layer of forest floors. Join us to:

  • learn about Peterborough earthworms’ ecology;
  • summon earthworms from the soil with a mustardy concoction;
  • identify the species of earthworms at Ecology Park.

This hands-on event is kid- and adult-friendly. It is a joint activity between the PFN Junior Naturalists and the Ecology Park BioBlitz. Junior Naturalists and their families are welcome to come early or stay late to join non-earthworm activities at the blitz. And blitzers are welcome to join us and learn how to identify earthworms with nothing more than mustard powder and a magnifying glass.

Event leaders:

  • Colin Cassin (earthworm biologist)
  • Jay Fitzsimmons (entomologist)

What to bring:

  • Magnifying glass, for identifying worms (optional)
  • Hand sanitizer, for cleaning wormy hands (optional)
  • Water bottles and personal snacks, hat / sun protection

We look forward to worming it up with you! Please register your family using the booking feature below so that we know how many people to expect, and who to contact if there are any updates.


Bookings are closed for this event.