The IWMA School Education Program offers seven online classroom programs for K-12 teachers in SLO County, as well as two virtual field trips. All programs are free, taught by an experienced live environmental educator who will adapt each program to the unique needs of each individual class. Your students will have the opportunity to participate in real time with your presenter, ask and answer questions, and learn more about San Luis Obispo County’s recycling programs.. Read more about our programs below, and schedule soon to receive the best availability.

The IWMA School Education Program has adapted all of the 2020-2021 program offerings to a live videoconferencing format!  Contact us to learn more.

 

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Introduction to Recycling

In this live online program, students will learn about natural resources, what can be recycled, and how to reduce waste at home and school.  Interactive and fun, it’s a great program for any grade level.  This program is a prerequisite for the Recycling Field Trip. Grades K-12, 30-45 minutes. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Virtual Recycling Field Trip

Virtually visit the Cold Canyon Landfill and Recycling Facility to be amazed by and educated about what happens to our recyclables and trash. On this virtual trip, students will see how their recyclables are sorted and processed by various trucks and machines through a live power point presentation with vivid photos and video content.. Grades 3-12, 30-45 minutes. Prerequisite: Introduction to Recycling. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Vermicomposting

This live online program introduces students to the concepts and practices of composting food waste using worms.  The students will learn worm anatomy and how worms decompose their food scraps.    Grades K-12, 30-45 minutes. Find out which science standards this program meets.

The Treemendous Paper Tale

This online 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 live in our studio. Students will also learn how many pounds of paper they use each year, and how this resource can be conserved. Grades K-6, 30-45 minutes. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Marine Debris

Marine debris has become a global issue, affecting our oceans, marine life, and human health.  This class program introduces the problem, providing students the opportunity to understand how trash reaches our oceans and what happens to these various materials when they become part of the marine environment.  Students will connect how choices made today will impact marine organisms in the future.  Grades K-6, 30-45 minutes.  Find out which science standards this program meets.

Hidden Hazards

Hidden Hazards replaces our former Household Hazardous Waste program.  This newly updated presentation facilitates students to identify items in a typical household that are too dangerous to put in the trash.  Hidden Hazards includes activities using colorful images, encourageing students to identify, investigate, and classify items that are considered household hazardous waste.  Grades 3-8, 30-45 minutes. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Zero Waste 101 

This updated program will be available starting December 2020!

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.  Grades 4-8, 30-45 minutes. Prerequisite: Introduction to Recycling. Find out which science standards this program meets.

Doing the Rot Thing… Virtual Compost Field Trip  

Virtually explore the county’s newest innovation in sustainability, the Anaerobic Digester. This facility composts up to 100 tons of green waste and food waste, each day. The digester converts these materials to a gas, which is then used to make electricity. Another byproduct of the digester is solid compost, which is land applied. Grades 4-12, 30-45 minutes.  Find out which science standards this program meets.

Coming Soon!  Food Waste Classroom Program

Coming Soon, Available in January 2021  Grades 4-12, 30-45 minutes.  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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Recycling Food Scraps in Schools

Effective July 1, 2020 MCR and MORe-covered schools and school districts must provide organics and recycling containers in areas where food is consumed. These containers must be placed adjacent to trash containers.