Can you find the most earthworms? Join the competition!

Published on
September 27, 2021

How many earthworms can you find in fifteen minutes? During the Weekend of Science you can participate in a real earthworm search competition on the Campus.

Did you know that there are different kinds of earthworms? After the competition, the researchers would love to show you this based on the earthworms you found. They can also tell you more about the role earthworms play in the soil.

On a grass field as big as a football field, 4 million earthworms can be found!

The contest: how, what, where

On Saturday 2 October, you can take part in the competition on the field between the Orion and Gaia building. Your team will be assigned a piece of ground and tools to make the earthworms emerge from the ground. Does your team have the most earthworms in the plastic jars after 15 to 20 minutes? Then you win!

  • When: Saturday 2 October 2021 from 11:00 to 16:00 (in 4 rounds)
  • Where: Wageningen Campus, on the big field between the Orion and Gaia buildings (problems finding it? Ask at the Gaia/Lumen reception)

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Science Weekend

The earthworm competition is part of the Weekend of Science (in Dutch). In the weekend of 2 & 3 October 2021, you can take a look behind the scenes of various organisations and institutions in the field of science and technology. WUR also participates with several activities.

Besides the earthworm competition, you can also take a tour of the Dairy Campus in Leeuwarden or participate in the Ludi Soli game - a serious game about the functioning of the soil - on Saturday 2 October at the campus (register here).

Would you like to discover more soil creatures?

Then also join the 'Soil Animal Days (in Dutch)' from 24 September to 6 October in your own garden or park. Share your observations online and contribute to research.