It looks like you have taken on huge project. Your dedication to both doing it right and asking questions about is commendable. The bale shown, is the same kind I use and it is twiggy. Haven't found any fossilized remains, but Barry recently made a comment about falling through some sphagnum bogs in his adventures in the North, so be VERY, VERY, CAREFUL! One thing I do with the bale is to separate the twigs and debris when I have just some free time.
The children may even have fun doing this, but I will caution the side of a conservative and say, these children should not be the overative ones, like me, but be able to sit for a period of time on the floor with news paper and put the debris in one pile, and the moss in the bucket/container. Saves time later. There was a comment made about it turning green and growing.
It does, but it is SSSSLLLLLOOOOOWWWW! VERY VERY VERY SLOW! In my opinion, but good things are usually worth the wait. My only comment on receiving gifts from the forum members, I BELIEVE WE ARE A GREAT WONDERFUL GROUP OF ENTHUSIASTIC HOBBYIST/PROFESSIONALS [AKA: PHILLIP, BARRY, ETC] THAT DERIVE ENJOYMENT FROM OUR OWN COLLECTIONS AND FIND GREATER ENJOY IN THE SHARING THERE OF. I HAVE SEEN THE SMILE, FOLLOWED BY THE SCREAM OF EXCITEMENT WHEN A CHILD DISCOVERS NEW WONDERS OF NATURE, AND LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING ABOUT CARNIVOROUS PLANTS IN THE SPRING EVERY YEAR AT SCHOOL. THIS YEAR I PUT A COLLECTION OF PLANTS IN THE CLASSROOM SO THE KIDS CAN WATCH THEM GROW.
If people don't want to share they won't. People to want to help, they won't.
I believe here, WE ALL WANT TO HELP AND SHARE WHAT WE CAN. Let us without regret or reservations.
[stepping down off soap. tripping over orange crate, crashing into tomatoes, ahh man, . . . . . ]