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Education Presentation Programs

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The Trash You Make - 30 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This lesson is about the volume of trash each of us generates a day and where it goes once it’s thrown away. By going through the day in the life of one of their peers to see how much garbage can be made, the students then determine whether or not the trash can be reduced, reused, recycled or put in a landfill. Recommended for Grades K-5

The Living Landfill - 20 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This lesson teaches students about the three R’s, the processing of trash, and the importance of reducing the amount of trash put in landfills. The students become a landfill and determine what really belongs in a landfill and what can be reused or recycled. Recommended for Grades K-2

The Great Trash Relay - 15 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This game teaches students how to distinguish between trash and recyclable materials. After a short lesson on trash, where it goes and the three R’s, students are spilt into two relay teams. Each member of the team must pick up a piece of trash that has been scattered on the floor and determine if it should be thrown away or recycled. This game should be held in a large outdoor area or in the school’s gymnasium. Recommended for Grades K-5

Three R’s for Saul - 15 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This is an education DVD that explains the benefits of recycling to an otherwise disinterested 1st grader. Presented in a version of “A Christmas Carol”, Saul is visited by 3 friendly students that magically transport him to a Classroom, Transfer Station, Landfill and Recycle Center by touching a piece of used paper. Saul learns a great lesson and has fun along the way. This video is accompanied by a workbook and usually is presented in conjunction with The Trash You Make lesson. Recommended for Grades 3-5

Environmental Story Time - 30 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Several different books with related stories about recycling and environmental responsibility are picked to read to the students. The story read correlates with the age of the students. Examples of titles are Recycle That! and Where does the Garbage Go? After the story is read, there is a short discussion on the story’s topic. Then an activity is done, such as a coloring sheet. Recommended for Grades K-1

To Compost or Not to Compost - 40 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This lesson teaches about composting. Focusing on common foods, students are taught what can and can not be put into a compost pile and why composting is important. Recommended for Grades K-2


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Treasure in Trees - 30 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This lesson teaches students why trees are important, what comes from trees and which animals live in trees. After a short discussion of what items we get from trees, students are spilt into two groups. One student from each group becomes a tree and the others are given prepared flash cards with a picture of an item. Students must determine if the item on their flash card comes from a tree or not. Recommended for Grades K-2

Tree Factory - 30 minutes; minimum class size - 40 students, maximum – 50 students This lesson teaches students about the structure of a tree by acting out the parts of a tree. After a short lesson on trees, students are given a card with a tree part on it. Slowly, the class is transformed into a tree with each student acting out its part. Students learn what goes on in the inside of a tree and how each part of a tree plays an important role in its life. Recommended for Grades 3-5

Every Tree for Itself - 30 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students This lesson gives students an understanding of the conditions that trees need to live and grow and shows students how trees have to compete for their needs. After a discussion of the importance of trees, how they grow and what they need to survive, by simulating trees, students compete for water, sunlight and nutrients. A large space is needed for this lesson. Recommended for Grades K-5

Story Time - 40 minutes; maximum class size - 40 students Several different books are picked to read to the students. Titles include: The Lorax, The Great Kapok Tree and Mrs. Honey’s Tree. After the story is finished, a short discussion on trees follows. Lastly, an activity such as creating trees out of the students own hand prints. Recommended for Grades K-2


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Detective Kasey B - 20 minutes; maximum class size – 50 students This lesson teaches children about the consequences of littering. After a small discussion about littering, KCB’s mascot, Detective Kasey B is introduced to the kids, each child is given a jr. detective badge and Detective Kasey B deputizes the children as Jr. Environmental Detectives. Recommended for Grades K-2

Story Time - 40 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Several different books with related stories about trash, litter and environmental responsibility are picked to read to the students. The story read correlates with the age of the students. Examples of titles are The Day the Trash came Out to Play, The Great Trash Bash and Just a Dream. After the story is read, there is a short discussion on the story’s topic. Then an activity is done, such as a coloring sheet. Recommended for Grades K-2


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Hop into Habitats - 40 minutes; maximum class size – 30 students Based on the book Liz Looks for Home by Joanna Cole, Tracey West and Bruce Degen, the “Hop into Habitats” course teaches children about habitats and the importance of food, water, shelter and space for different animals. Children will also participate in a role-playing game that gives them a chance to work together to create habitats based on the needs of each animal. Recommended for kindergarten

Every Critter for Themselves - 30 minutes, maximum class size 30 students This activity/game offers hands on learning about animals that live in our water systems and their requirements for life; shelter, water, food, and air. “Every Critter” also looks at the affect that pollution has on a water system and what that means for the wildlife that lives there. Recommended for Grades 1-12

The Triple “R” Ranger- 40 minutes; maximum class size – 30 students In this informative lesson, the Triple “R” Ranger uses “The Recycling Song”, combined with an interactive demonstration using assorted “trash” to teach students how to reduce, reuse and recycle their personal trash. This exciting lesson teaches children awareness of their impact on the environment and how they can take personal responsibility for minimizing it. Recommended for first grade

Renew our Rivers - 60 minutes; maximum class size – 30 students The “Renew our Rivers” course uses games to teach children the importance of water conservation and to raise their awareness of water pollution. Children work together in groups to solve puzzles that identify ways to conserve water. Students discuss the different types of pollution and their effects on watersheds and how people can make a difference. Students will use watershed models to simulate what happens with water pollution when it rains. Recommended for second grade

Air, Air Everywhere! - 40 minutes; maximum class size – 30 students Students learn ways to reduce air pollution in the “Air, Air, Everywhere” course. A game of team trivia tests their knowledge of the causes and effects of air pollution. Using a felt board representing a thriving city, students examine population growth and learn how the needs of a growing population create additional pollution. Recommended for third grade


The PEAK (Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids) program is the result of a unique partnership between REI (Recreation Equipment, Inc.) and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. PEAK is based on the seven principles of Leave No Trace and is designed to educate children about the outdoors and responsible use of our shared public lands:

  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect wildlife - Be considerate of other visitors

  • How long does it last? - 30 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Demonstrates how important it is to “Trash Your Trash” by illustrating how long it takes for specific items to decompose. Recommended for ages 6-12.

    Minimum Impact Match - 30 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Students learn about items that help them minimize their impact outdoors to leave no trace. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

    Watch your Step - 20-45 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Helps Students learn why we want to “choose the right path” when enjoying the outdoors. To help students understand that living organisms can be found anywhere. Recommended for ages 6-12.

    What Principle am I? - 45 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Students are introduced to Leave No Trace Principles. Recommended for ages 6-8.

    Step on it The Feud - 45 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students A game in which Students will be introduced to the Leave No Trace principles, staying on the right path relating to staying on and using durable surfaces when outdoors. Recommended for ages 6-12.

    Principle Presentation - 45 minutes to 1.5 hours; maximum class size – 40 students Students will be introduced to the Leave No Trace principles and explore their own outdoor ethics. Groups will create and present skits or presentations to demonstrate their principle. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

    The Ethics Game - 30-45 minutes; maximum class size – 40 students Students will look at their own environmental/outdoor ethics by engaging in discussion about several situations that they may encounter. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

    How Prepared Are You? - 30 minutes – 1 hour; maximum class size – 40 students Students will understand the importance of planning ahead and preparing for outdoor experiences. They will also identify ways to get information about the areas they plan to explore. Recommended for ages 12 and up.