California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm

Vermi the Worm Come and join Vermi the Worm and all his friends on an adventure into the world of worm bins and vermicomposting!

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.

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.


In order to experience the game without technical glitches, the following system requirements are recommended:

  • Flash 5 or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher required.
  • Pentium 166 with 64 MB of RAM minimum, Pentium II with 128 MB of RAM preferred.
  • Any PowerPC Macintosh with 64 MB of RAM OK.
  • Windows 95 or Mac OS 8.5 minimum operating system, Windows 2000 or MacOS 9.1 preferred.
  • 56K modem minimum connection speed (ISDN, DSL, T1, or cable modem preferred).

Vermi's Role

Are you curious about why Vermi works for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)? Part of CalRecycle’s mission is to provide educational materials to California’s public schools on the topic of waste management. The Office of Education and the Environment fulfills this mission by reaching out to educators through a variety of tools and venues. We believe if we provide quality, meaningful, and balanced curriculum and materials to teachers, they will be inspired to share the information with their students. The Teacher Information page tells how Vermi's adventure can be integrated into classroom instruction while using a standards-based approach. And please visit our Schools site for more information on our other programs and resources for teachers.

Let’s Start the Game!

Last updated: September 19, 2001
Office of Education and the Environment
Contact: (916) 341-6769