Green Practices

WonderLab is committed to practices that sustain a healthy environment. These include:

  • Recycling of paper, cardboard, plastics, glass and aluminum

  • Reuse of recyclable materials for special science activities

  • Use of compostable tableware collected in special biodegradable bags to be taken to a local farm, where it becomes nutrient-rich compost for growing fresh farm-to-table produce for local restaurants and a local food pantry

  • Energy efficient lighting and HVAC system

  • Food served at WonderLab events is ordered from and supports local businesses


The GardenQ hybrid worm composting system, is a unique layered setup that is used year-round. It is roughly 6′ x 6′,  and is installed in a berm at the north end of the WonderGarden.

Red-wiggler worms, added in early May, have already begun turning food scraps into rich soil through a process called vermicomposting. WonderLab’s goal is to lessen our impact on landfills and reduce C02 emissions. Putting ALL museum food waste into this new composting system is a great start. Take a peek at this large, permanent compositing exhibit when you stroll through the WonderGarden.

For a limited time, you can Adopt a Worm when you donate to our “Bloom with WonderLab” fundraiser this spring. With your minimum gift of $25, you may submit a name for your worm and it will be added to the official Worm Registry below! (one name per donor please)

WonderWorms Registry

  • Bonny B
  • Cecily
  • Patrick
  • Herman
  • Bretitto
  • Frances
  • Terry Potato
  • Willie Wiggle
  • Hermy Gramswormy
  • Squiggles Wiggles the 3rd
  • Universal Basic Income
  • Wormsworth
  • Kevin
  • Will Nye the Science Worm
  • Ian Carrico
  • Zippy
  • Mwydyn
  • Jabba
  • Glaurung
  • Michelangelo
  • Neville
  • Tree-tree
  • Squirmy
  • “Braz” Brazzelton
  • Nancy White
  • Valentine McKee
  • Mrs. Maisel
  • Wormy McWormface
  • $tuuie