The Environmental Classroom

Richland County Solid Waste Management’s (RCSW) Environmental Classroom offers In-Class Programs and Field Trip Programs for 2-5, which coincides with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science. We also offer programs for 1st graders (refer to the In-Class Programs link or contact Kristin at 419-774-5861 or 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. A field trip which may include a tour to Gorman Nature Center, the landfill, South Park, or the Compost Facility; interactive discussions related to natural resources, renewable energy sources, recycling, litter, and landfill construction. The student groups build a community, which contains a home, landfill, recycling center, nature preserve, compost and garden made from recycled or repurposed materials.  This program is designed for 4th through 6th grade students. However, 3rd grade students are also invited to experience this fieldtrip. Students must be divided into no more than 8 groups consisting of 4 or 5 student prior to the start of the modeling session.

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 may be experienced at RCSW by 2nd through 3rd grade 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. Suggested field trips include RCSW’s Compost Facility, South Park or the Landfill. 

Lessons from the Lorax offers options for an In-Class presentation or a field trip to RCSW with a tour to South Park, 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 for 2nd through 4th graders 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. 

Game Day Challenge: What do you know about recycling and litter? For 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! Together we learn about what is and isn’t recyclable. Then we put to test our learned knowledge through game play: Jeopardy, Trash Bingo, Musical Recycling, and Recycle Me Potato are a few of the games used to learn about Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; Natural Resources; the Greenhouse Effect/Climate Change; the area’s Landfill; and Litter and Trash. Call for details for these games based on Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science! Games are designed to match the skill level of the grade involved. At the end of the day, we repurpose recyclable items into a take home craft – or…is that a game too…? All 4 of the field trips will support this program (but you can only pick one)! 

Let’s make paper!  Back by popular demand for 3rd and 4th graders! This August or May activity conducted at the Environmental Classroom focuses on paper making and the importance of trees. A fieldtrip to the Compost Facility is highly encouraged and the day’s activities relate to the importance of paper in the recycling stream. Students get to create with compost while making things like bagging for nature and compile post (3rd graders) or they will test their skills at a compost loom (4th graders). They get to collect soil samples and add them to compostable pots, and they get to learn about the importance of trees before making a crafty piece of paper.

Teachers will also have the opportunity to bring In-Class activities into their classroom. The programs 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, click here.

Interested in more than one program at your school? Then consider a Teaching Partnership. Learn more about the potential programs by clicking here.

For the day field trip, RCSW will reimburse the cost of one bus per school (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 at the designated fieldtrip/tour. 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!