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Wiggly Worms

Students will participate in a hands-on exploration of a worm farm to meet the miners of the compost heap. These are nature’s workers, turning our food scraps into magic fertiliser.

Students will discover how they can take actions in their home and school for a more sustainable future.

What happens?

  • Learn about the lifecycle of a worm.
  • Explore a worm farm to discover the minibeasts that live there
  • Discover the importance of worm farms in reducing waste in our environment.

Curriculum links

Themes: Minibeasts, sustainability, waste, lifecycles

  • STe-8NE: identifies the basic needs of living things
  • STe-4WS: explores their immediate surroundings by questioning, observing using their senses and communicating to share their observations and ideas
  • STe-2VA: demonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures
  • ST1-9ES: Identifies ways that people use science in their daily lives to care for the environment and the Earth’s resources
  • ST1-10LW: describes external features, changes in and growth of living things
  • ST1-11LW: describes ways that different places in the environment provide for the needs of living things
  • ST1-2VA: demonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures.
  • ST2-10LW: describes that living things have life cycles, can be distinguished from non-living things and grouped, based on their observable features
  • ST2-11LW: describes ways that science knowledge helps people understand the effect of their actions on the environment and on the survival of living things
  • ST2-2VA: demonstrates a willingness to engage responsibly with local, national and global issues relevant to their lives, and to shaping sustainable futures.

Booking information

Minimum students: 15

Maximum group size: no more than two groups of 30 students per day

Please note: no education bookings are available on Fridays.

Class size will be limited for certain activities ​due to safety considerations and staffing resources.

Please book at least two months before your visit.

Use the button on this page to request an excursion booking, or call us during business hours on (02) 4227 7667.

If your request is accepted, we'll send you a booking confirmation letter, risk assessment, garden map and instructions for your visit (including wet weather plan).

Excursion cost is $13 (incl. GST) per student per day, and includes two activities. Carers and teachers are free.

In line with new Education Department policy, we are requesting the pre-payment of your attendance by credit card. This will be emailed to you as soon as we have confirmed your education date and you have confirmed your numbers. (Please note we cannot amend numbers after an invoice has been generated).

If payment before attendance is not possible you will be required to send us a PO number so we can send the invoice to EDConnect, to be paid prior to attendance.

Please meet at the Discovery Centre, located at the north eastern corner of Wollongong Botanic Garden.

Buses can drop students off at either the bus bay located at the University of Wollongong on Northfields Avenue or at our Murphys Avenue car park.

If your activity is being held at one of the Garden Annexes, such as Mount Keira or Puckeys Estate, please meet at the designated located specified on your booking confirmation.

We have a minimal waste policy and ask that packaging of food items brought to the Garden are minimised​​​​​.

Once your payment is made we will issue a confirmation, along with Council risk assessments covering garden excursions and COVID-19 safety.

It is mandatory that we also receive a Covid Safe Plan from your school prior to a confirmation.

Most activities can still go ahead in light rain. In this case, please make sure students, teachers and accompanying parents wear appropriate wet weather clothes and shoes.

Our activities may need to be cancelled in heavy rain or high winds.

Please call us on the excursion day to confirm whether the program can continue or if your excursion needs to be rescheduled.