Nature Connections help you and yours explore and connect with nature.

Let’s open up a can of worms and find out what happens.

Aristotle called worms the intestines of the earth. Worms are invertebrates. They don’t have a backbone. They have long cylindrical tube-like bodies with no limbs and no eyes (mostly). They live in marine environments, fresh and salt water, in burrows within the soil and in animals, like us as parasites. They range in size from microscopic to humongous. Did you know that the largest species of earthworm, Microchaetus Rappi’s average length is about 1.36 m, but can be 6.7 m long!

The three groups of worms are:

Platyhelminthes – flatworms, tapeworms, and flukes.
Nematoda – threadworms, roundworms and hookworms.
Annelida – earthworms and bristle worms of the sea.

The program is free, but for planning purposes, we ask that you RSVP.

ABOUT NATURE CONNECTIONS: Nature Connections is a signature program offered to you by the Natural History Society of Maryland with financial support from Constellation Energy. Programs are held on select Sundays are free* and open to the public (COVID rules in effect – see below). Each Nature Connection focuses on a different natural history topic.

Learn from presentations and displays from local experts and organizations • Explore specimens and artifacts from natural history collections • Hear about related citizen science projects • Talk to scientists who can answer your questions and guide your discoveries of the natural world • Enjoy games, art, crafts, stories, music, and drama for all ages

COVID PROTOCOLS: Masks are now optional. NHSM will continue to monitor the public health landscape and may make changes in accordance with CDC, state and local guidance.

Nature Connections help you and yours explore and connect with nature.