The Environmental Classroom

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Richland County Solid Waste Management’s (RCSW) Environmental Classroom offers In-Class Programs and Field Trip Programs for 3-5, which coincides with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. We also offer programs for K-2 (refer to the In-Class Programs link or call Kristin at 419-774-5861). For a brochure, click here. RCSW follows COVID guidelines. All programs may be altered to conform to COVID expectations. 

Field Trips

The Environmental Classroom is offering Building a Sustainable Community field trip which may include tours; a Trashy Scavenger Hunt; interactive discussions related to natural resources, the 3 R’s of recycling, litter and landfill construction; model building of a sustainable neighborhood; team building; and more! The emphasis of this program is geared towards understanding community engagement and the success that comes from recycling when working together. Students must be divided into no more than 8 groups consisting of 4 or 5 students prior to the beginning of class. 

The program Dinosaurs Protecting Our Planet is designed for group game play and is formatted off of the1992 book written by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown and published by Little, Brown & Co. Discussions on natural resources, animals, and  habitats is expected. A Trashy Scavenger Hunt is experienced at RCSW by the students (weather permitting). Reduce, Reuse and Recycle is a heavy emphasize of this program, which may be conducted In-Class or at RCSW and is guided for student led discussions. A field trip to Gorman Nature Center, RCSW’s Compost Facility, or the Landfill may occur depending on teacher needs. 

Lessons from the Lorax offers options for an In-Class presentation or a field trip to RCSW with a tour to Gorman Nature Center, RCSW’s Compost Facility, or the Landfill and focuses on the environmental lessons preserved in Dr. Seuss’s 1971 book published by Random House. The lessons are presented visually through modern day examples that relate to the story. Natural resources and greenhouse gases such as water vapor; carbon dioxide and methane; and the greenhouse effect are introduced to the students. Also discussed are vanishing species and the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle. 

Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring In-Class activities into their classroom. The Activity Kits focus on recycling and reusing. Students may interact directly and in person with RCSW or through a web based interface such as Zoom.

For more information on all of these programs, click here.

For the day field trip, RCSW will reimburse the cost of one bus per one classroom/group session (up to $100.00 a year).

The tour begins around 9:30am at the school or at the tour location and will end around 2:00pm (or earlier if stipulated by the teacher). The Educational Rep will meet the students by the school bus. Permission slips must be completed prior to students boarding the bus

Don’t forget to bring a lunch and at least one adult helper for each group of 5 students.

**RCSW also works with 4-H Groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Home -School Students, and generally all students in the K-12 Richland County district. Call Kristin at 419-774-5861 for setting up an appointment.**

We look forward to seeing you.  Have a great year!