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What's a Worm Worth?

These learning resources present starter ideas on the value of earthworms as ecosystem service providers.

About the Learning Resources


The resources presented in these web pages introduce senior students to the concept of ecosystem services and provide a snap shot of research being carried out in New Zealand related to understanding and managing biodiversity. 


"What's a Worm Worth" provides a practical activity that supports development of understanding of the concept of ecosystem services and related concepts and could be used to model investigative methods. 

Resource Links

Young students

Student Investigation Worksheet

Information for students on research being carried out in New Zeland into biodiversity as well as a practical activity to support learning.


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The Great Worm Census Data

Investigate soil data submitted by schools across New Zealand.


Teacher Resource Notes and Links to Curriculum

Notes for teachers and technicians on how these resources link to the New Zealand Curriculum.