Millipedes are ecologically important creatures. Their foraging activity makes significant contributions to the nutrient cycling in forests. The extent of their impact is understudied and their biodiversity is poorly known. Some large-bodied millipedes are easy to keep as pets or classroom mascots and can aid in teaching about biodiversity and ecology in schools.
Plans are underway to develop lessons and teaching materials for various age groups. This page will also eventually feature a short summary on millipede husbandry.
Four popular books can be used as a starting point to introduce millipedes into the classroom: