The Dirt on Dirt

by  Saint Louis Zoo

Program image

Dr. Worm, expert vermicomposter, will show you the dynamic world of decomposers. Find out how dirt made your lunch, investigate a worm’s habitat, and even meet a few new wiggly friends. Learn why worms are important and how they help eat our garbage.

Program Rating

   based on 11 evaluation(s).
Book it!

About This Program


By Request: $225.00

Please schedule carefully! Program transfers may be requested based on our ability to reschedule you. Transfers are determined by space availability. A $5 transfer fee will be charged per program for the first transfer date. A $10 transfer fee will be charged for additional transfers. Transfer fees must be paid with credit card at the time requested. We cannot accommodate same day or next day transfers.

Full payment is due before the program. To receive an invoice and pay by check, 8 week's booking notice is required. If a program is booked with less than 8 week's notice, but at least 4 week's notice, full credit card payment is required when booking the program. We are unable to schedule programs with less than 4 week's notice.


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Problem Solving, Sciences

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

A minimum 2 weeks' notice is required to book any Virtual Program with the Saint Louis Zoo

Book it!

Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Education Department at (314) 646-4544 or the Outreach Coordinator at (314) 646-4754 immediately if you need to cancel. Another group may be able to take your place.


Four Weeks Prior to Program:
A full refund will be issued minus a $5 cancellation fee if you notify the Education Department four weeks prior to your program. There is a $5 cancellation fee per program.

Two Weeks Prior to Program:
You are entitled to a 50% program fee refund if you notify the Education Department two - four weeks prior to your program date.

Less than Two Weeks Prior to Program:
There is no refund for groups that cancel with less than two weeks' notice.

Please note: In the event that your school and/or the Zoo is closed the day of your program due to weather, we will try to reschedule your program or issue a full refund.

About This Provider

Content Provider logo


Saint Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO
United States

The Saint Louis Zoo's mission is to conserve animals and their habitats through animal management, research, recreation, and educational programs that encourage the support and enrich the experience of the public. 

Our videoconferencing classes will introduce you and your students to a variety of animals and topics including: habitats, ecology, and adaptations. Older students will also learn about our conservation programs going on here at the Zoo and around the world. 

All programs are interactive
and may utilize any of the following: live video from our Zoo habitats, webcams, pre-recorded video footage, biofacts,
and other means to create a memorable learning experience.

Amber Brown
3147810900 x4677

Program Details


1. The program begins by learning what a decomposer is and why they are important to a food chain/web.
2. The participants will meet some worms!
3. Participants will learn what vermicomposting is and they will explore the 'worm bin.'
5. Final discussion about how worms are important to plants and therefore, animals.

At all times, questions are welcome!


The participants will:
- explore a worm bin.
- express appreciation for the importance of worms in an ecosystem.
- explain the importance of decomposers.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

NS.K-8.1 Science as InquiryAs a result of activities in grades K-8, all students should develop

Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry

NS.K-4.3 Life ScienceAs a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop understanding of

The characteristics of organisms
Life cycles of organisms
Organisms and environments

Ns.5-8.3 Life Science
As a result of their activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop understanding of

Structure and function in living systems
Diversity and adaptations of organisms

State Standards

Missouri Science Grade Level Expectations:
III-1A (1st) a,b (3rd) a, (5th) a,c,d; IV-1A (1st) a, (4th) a, 2A (3rd) a, b,c,d, (4th) a; VII-1A (K,1st,2nd,3rd) a,b, 1B (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) a, d, 1C (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) a, b, 1D (K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) a; VIII-3A (K, 1st, 2nd) a