The Environmental Classroom

Richland County Solid Waste Management’s (RCSW) Environmental Classroom offers Field Trip Programs for 2nd – 6th grade, which coincides with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science (OLSS). We also offer additional programs for 1st and 2nd graders as well as In-Classroom Programs.
Teaching Partnerships are available for 1st through 4th grade. For a brochure, click here. Contact Kristin at 419-774-5861 or for scheduling and more information.

OLSS Field Trips with (or without) Tours

Option of 5 Field Trips to the Environmental Classroom located at 1125 National Parkway, Mansfield, OH with the potential of a tour at one of the following facilities: Gorman Nature Center, Rumpke Landfill, Historical South Park, or the Compost Facility

  • 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  and is geared towards student led discussions. Suggested field trips include RCSW’s Compost Facility, South Park or the Rumpke Landfill.
  • Lessons from the Lorax 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 students. Also discussed are vanishing species and the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle. Suggested field trip; Historical South Park.
  • Let’s make paper! Back by popular demand for 3rd and 4th graders! This August, September or May activity conducted at the Environmental Classroom focuses on paper making and the importance of trees. A fieldtrip to the Compost Facility or the Historical South Park 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.
  • Building a Sustainable Community for 4th through 6th grade includes interactive discussions related to natural resources, renewable energy sources, recycling, litter, and landfill construction. Student groups build a mini community, which contains a home, landfill, recycling center, nature preserve, compost and garden made from recycled or repurposed materials.  Suggested field trip: Gorman Nature Center (not available in May) or the Historical South Park.
  • Game Day Challenge: What do you know about recycling and litter? For 3rd through 6th 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 field trip tours will support this program (but you can only pick one)!
  • Design your own field trip and tour? Absolutely possible! Call Kristin at 419-774-5861.

For the day field trip and tour, RCSW will reimburse the cost of one bus per school (up to $100.00 a year).

The field trip and tour begin around 9:30am 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 tour location. RCSW’s Permission slips must be completed prior to students exiting the bus.

Don’t forget to bring a lunch and 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.**

For teachers in Richland County looking to schedule Teacher Partnerships, an In-Class Program or Field Trip, please contact Kristin at or call 419-774-5861. Please provide your name, email address, contact phone number, grade level, number of students, activity or programs of interest, and needed scheduled time frame. All requests must be confirmed by you and RCSW via email for booking.