California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm

Vermi the Worm

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Adventures of Vermi the Worm will no longer be available after June 15, 2017. This game was developed in 2000 using technologies that no longer are supported or work correctly on many newer web browsers and mobile devices. The game is provided "as is," is no longer supported by CalRecycle, and will be removed permanently from the CalRecycle Internet site in June 2017.

While Vermi played an important role when he first came on the scene, CalRecycle's Office of Education and the Environment has since developed the more expansive Education and the Environment Initiative, a free K-12 curriculum that teaches critical skills in science and history-social science using environmental topics, such as water and energy, as a lens. All content is California State Board of Education-approved and helps support Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Related Resources

The following resources will continue to be available:

About the Game

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm is an animated, interactive game that teaches the basics of vermicomposting and its benefits, plus other waste management strategies like the 3Rs--reduce, reuse and recycle! Vermicomposting is really just composting but you use worms to do the work, and it’s an excellent way to recycle organic materials--like kitchen scraps and yard trimmings.

Go on an adventure with Vermi the Worm as he visits a school garden and hooks up with his buddies, Bubba the Worm, Hugh Hammer, Sunny Flower, and Trashcan. At each stop, you will learn something about vermicomposting or the 3Rs and have a chance to help your new buddies. At the worm bin, you’ll help regulate a worm’s habitat; at the garden you’ll do an experiment using vermicompost; with Trashcan you’ll make choices on how to reduce, reuse, recycle, and vermicompost items that sometimes end up in the garbage; and there's lots more!

Play the Game

You can play the Vermi game either online over the Internet or by downloading the game and playing it on your network or computer hard drive. To play the game on line, go to the game menu where you can choose to play the full game, or you can select a scene to enter and play just that part of the game.

Play the Game

For faster play, download the game to your network or computer hard drive (approximate total download is 23 MB). Please review the download instructions before installing. The game is available in a PC version and a Mac version.

Download the Game

Last updated: March 3, 2017
Office of Education and the Environment
Contact: (916) 341-6769