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About Us

Planetkids.biz began 10 years ago after environmental educator and author, Caren Trafford became passionate about worms.
Armed with a Masters of Environmental Studies, a slab of enthusiasm and a bucketful of curiosity, she found herself working for the largest worm farm in the world. (Bigger than a soccer field!) Her mission was to uncover the truth about vermicast or worm POO and discover if it might be viable as a soil conditioner.

What a challenge! She was highly skeptical. Could vermicast really make such a difference to plant growth and health, crop yield and soil vitality? Did worms perhaps know something about the soil that science had not discovered?

The outcome is a fine story and includes being part of the winning team for a Eureka Science prize for Industry and being invited to the World Bank to discuss worms, but the short version is that Caren created a series of books, posters & resources to explore and explain today's environmental issues and solutions.

Using narrative non-fiction, the 6 book series has been designed to excite children, appeal to students' interest, develop eco-literacy, help lesson planning for teachers and amuse adults. The set of 6 books are available as the "Environmental Education... Serious Fun" library.

Each year, Caren also speaks to 1000s of school students from Kindergarten to 15 on how everyone can make a positive difference and help our planet. Her lectures, workshops & presentations are fun, interactive, use global & local examples and leave students charged with enthusiasm and with much food for thought.

The books and posters are sold world-wide in book stores, on-line and at environmental outlets such as museums, zoos and botanical gardens.

In 2011, the first of a new series of books The Doggy Dog Dog Detective Agency, was born. Based on true life scenarios, these quirky detective stories alert kids to the social issues of modern day living. Fun and humour are paramount in all Caren's writing and the quirky characters of this latest series will leap into the hearts of young and old everywhere.
If you would like your local book store or environmental outlet to stock these books, or if you would like to purchase them for your family, school, friends and any Environmental Heroes that you know, please fill out the order form and fax or post.

In addition to the environmental books and posters available at www.planetkids.biz there are FREE resources for schools and home, designed to complement existing lesson plans in
Society and the Environment,
Earth Sciences,
History and Life Science.
Caren also gives presentations to schools around the world, helping students understand how important they are to the future of our planet.
DOWNLOAD School presentation brochure.



"I loved the positive nature of the environmental message & presentation. Too often it's all about doom & gloom. The students really enjoyed it.
Thank you."

 Rhodes PS, London.

Thank you again for your incredibly awesome & appropriate presentation as well as your calm and flexible demeanour. The kids absolutely loved you. E. Ferreira, American School of the Hague, Netherlands

Thank you very much for both days, it was wonderful! As well as being a huge success with the primary children and parents, you had a great impact on our early teens too!
Samantha Fern, Deputy Principal Primary, IB PYP Coordinator, Copenhagen International School




Corporate Social Responsibility:
Opportunities also exist for companies or corporations to provide classroom sets of books for their local schools.

You can also buy the series online from the New Internationalist - a Fair Trade Organisation www.newint.com.au/shop/caren-trafford-p100.htm