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Go Deeper into Compost

Bins, tools and methods are on display, so you can learn how each performs. Try them out — there's one that is right for you.

During the summer, a Compost Coach is ready to answer your questions, give you a tour, let you try some tools and show you a few tricks. You can even make a mini-worm bin to take home!

Note: Compost 'S cool will be regularly staffed starting Saturday May 16, 2020.

Composting in the Classroom

Teachers can request a Vermicomposting Kit for their classroom. You provide the bin and we'll send you some worms with instructions on how to assemble and care for your bin. The kids take it from there. Grades 4 and up. Free, includes only 50 worms.

Composting at the office?

Office Sustainability Teams can request a free one-hour Lunch 'N Learn related to home composting, worm composting, or soil and garden topics.

So Many Ways to Learn

For a quarter century, Edmontonians have come to Compost ‘S cool to learn about soil. We’re celebrating by delivering more of what we do best.

Dress warmly, we'll be outdoors!

Free, donations of kitchen scraps and lawn clippings are gratefully accepted.

Learn About Compost

Basic Composting Workshops at Compost 'S cool at River Loop Trail

You will learn the basic approach to making good compost and see several methods and techniques for keeping it working and trouble-free.

All workshops are free and last for 2 hours. If you wish to attend, sign up here, or call 780-496-5526.

2020 Workshop Dates

  • Sunday May 3 at 10am
  • Saturday May 9 at 10am
  • Saturday May 16 at 9:30am
  • Sunday May 17 at 1pm
  • Monday May 18 at 1pm
  • Saturday May 30 at 10am
  • Sunday June 21 at 1pm
  • Wednesday July 1 at 9:30am
  • Sunday July 5 at 9:30am
  • Saturday July 18 at 9:30am
  • Monday August 3 at 9:30am
  • Saturday September 5 at 1pm

We provide workshops throughout the City — call 780-496-5526 to request one for your office or garden club.

Need a bit more help?

Watch this Composting Basics video.

Drop by Compost 'S cool any weekend between 10am and 4pm, to chat with a compost coach. Bring us your food scraps and we'll turn them into flowers.

Soil-Focused Presentations

Are you a food grower, nature lover, or environmentalist?

These two-hour presentations contain similar information about soil and plants, but each has a different focus. Free, but donations of kitchen scraps and lawn clippings are gratefully accepted.

For more information call 780-496-5526.

Soil Building workshops explain how clay becomes soil and how plants take nutrients from the soil.  If your goal is healthy food then this is for you.  Sign up here.

  • Saturday May 16, 2020 at 1pm
  • Saturday July 11, 2020 at 1pm
  • Saturday September 5, 2020 at 9:30am

#BeTheBison explores what was lost when the prairies lost the Bison. Without Alberta’s great herds our soil has degraded and biodiversity is threatened. Discover how each of us can adapt our gardening habits to fill the niche and become the Bison. Sign up here.

  • Monday May 18, 2020 at 10am
  • Sunday June 21, 2020 at 9am

Carbon Farming is horticulture’s answer to climate change. When you garden in a way that takes carbon out of the atmosphere and stores it in and on the soil, you’re a carbon farmer. Sign up here.

  • Saturday May 30, 2020 at 1pm
  • Saturday August 1, 2020 at 1pm

Tired of Fighting Weeds?

Learn how different plants contribute to your soil so you can use them instead of fighting them. We'll be pulling and composting weeds growing in Edmonton's River Valley.  Sign up here.

  • Saturday June 13, 2020 at 9am
  • Saturday July 11, 2020 at 9am
  • Saturday August 1, 2020 at 9am
  • Saturday August 29, 2020 at 9am
Host a Workshop In Your Community

Host a workshop for your social club or Community Garden.

Free to not-for-profit groups in the Edmonton region. To book call 780 496 5526.

Topics range from basic to more advanced:

  • Home Composting
  • Mulching
  • Indoor Composting (Worms or Bokashi)
  • Soil Building
  • #BeTheBison
  • Working with Weeds
  • Carbon Farming

Program Details

Cost: It's free to drop in.

Hours:  The site is open around the clock to give residents access to the different styles of composting bins. Food scraps can be dropped off at any time. A Composting Coach is on site from 10am-4pm on weekends and holidays from Victoria Day until Labour Day. For questions after hours, contact 780-496-5526.  

Location: Between the John Janzen Nature Centre and Fort Edmonton. Find us on Google Maps.

Location Map

Map of Compost 'S cool, River Loop Trail,
Compost 'S cool, River Loop Trail,
Edmonton, Alberta

For More Information

Our staff and volunteers are ready to answer your questions or even visit your yard to help you compost better.

Media inquiries should be directed through the appropriate media contact.

Title The Compost Doctors



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