The San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) is offering five class programs and a recycling field trip for the 2016-17 school year. All programs are FREE, presented by an experienced science educator, and correlated to the Next Generation Science Standards. Schedule soon for best availability!
Introduction to Recycling
Students will learn about natural resources and how they are harvested from the Earth and made into every-day objects. They will also learn which items can be recycled and how to reduce waste at home and school. This program is a prerequisite for the recycling field trip. Grades K-12, 45 minutes.
Visit the Cold Canyon Landfill and Recycling Facility to be both amazed and educated about what happens to our recyclables and trash. Students will see how their recyclables are sorted and processed by various trucks and machines. On this trip, students will also visit our very papular recycling education center, filled with hands-on exhibits and stimulating displays. Field trips are from 9:00-11:30am. Bus cost paid for by IWMA. Grades 3-12. 2 hours. Prerequisite: Introduction to Recycling.
This hands-on program introduces students to the concepts and practices of composting food waste. Our staff will build a worm bin for your class and you to use (on loan). Students may add lunch scraps to the bin for a real interactive learning experience. Grades K-12, 45 minutes.
The TreeMendous Paper Tale
This presentation explores the natural resources needed to make paper. Vivid models show the path from tree to finished paper products. Students will learn how paper is made. Your presenter will make a piece of paper in class. Students will also learn how many pounds of paper they use each year, and how this resource can be conserved. Grades K-6, 45 minutes.
Oil & Beyond
Oil and beyond introduces students to various types of household hazardous waste and how thy can be properly recycled or discarded. This program uses a large circle called the “oil loop,” with eye-catching 3-D objects to illustrate each major concept. Grades 2-8, 45 minutes.
Zero Waste 101
This interactive slide program provides the next step in applying what students have learned from the Introduction to Recycling class program (above). Students and teachers will be empowered to implement their understanding of waste reduction, composting and recycling! You’ll have the option to turn your classroom into a zero waste zone for one week, one month, or the entire school year. Grades 4-8, 45 minutes. Prerequisite: Introduction to Recycling.