Serving Cook County

​​​​​​​Educational lessons

 

Websites

Claude's Got the Scoop on Soil: Students learn about how soil is made, who really needs soil, and what happens to soil if you don't take care of it.

Adventures of Squirmin' Herman the Worm: Lessons about worms and how to make your own worm bin (intended for 1st-3rd grade students). Spanish version available

Composting in the Home Garden: Tips and troubleshooting your backyard compost pile.

 

Helpful Handouts

Build Your Own Outdoor Compost Bin: Step-by-step guide with specs on building a 3-bin and 1-bin wooden system.

Factsheet on Garden Compost: Learn more from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension with this informative handout.

Washington State University-Whatcom County Extension: Discover more about carbon-nitrogen relationships and materials and methods to ensure quality compost.

 

Youth and Family Activities

Insect Scavenger Hunt: Find insects and their relatives in and around your yard using this guide with illustrations.

Build an Indoor Worm Composting Bin: A step-by-step guide on building a worm bin to compost many of your kitchen scraps.