The IWMA School Education Program offers five classroom programs for K-12 teachers in SLO County, as well as a recycling field trip. All programs are free, presented by an experienced science educator, and correlated to Next Generation Science Standards and California Science Standards. Read more about our programs below, and schedule soon to receive the best availability.

The IWMA School Education Program also offers assistance for schools and teachers regarding presentations, guest speakers, newsletters, field trips and more. Contact us to learn more.

Introduction to Recycling

In this program, students will learn about natural resources, from how they are harvested from the earth to how they are made into everyday 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. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Recycling Field Trip

Visit the Cold Canyon Landfill and Recycling Facility to be amazed by and educated about what happens to our recyclables and trash. On this trip, students will see how their recyclables are sorted and processed by various trucks and machines. Students will also visit our recycling education center, filled with hands-on exhibits and displays. Field trips are from 9:00-11:30am, and the bus cost is paid for by IWMA. Grades 3-12, 2 hours. Prerequisite: Introduction to Recycling. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Vermicomposting

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 to use (on loan). Students may add lunch scraps to the bin for a real, interactive learning experience. Grades K-12, 45 minutes. Find out which science standards this program meets.

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 so that 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. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Oil and Beyond

This program introduces students to various types of household hazardous waste and how they can be properly recycled or discarded. Your presenter will use a large circle called the “oil loop,” with eye-catching 3D objects to illustrate each major concept. Grades 2-8, 45 minutes. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Zero Waste 101

This interactive slide program provides the next step in applying what students have learned from the Introduction to Recycling program. 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. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Contact Us

For more information, call (805) 782-8424 or email us at schedulemyprogram@gmail.com. Learn how to schedule one of our programs here.

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