Our In-Class programs offer the ability to bring recycling into the classroom. Teachers book a program by simply emailing Kristin at with 1) the desired program,  2) the grade and number of students who will be involved with the activities or program, and 3) the time frame desired. All kits and programs are reserved on a first come bases and follow COVID guidelines.

The lessons for the programs coincide with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science, Grades 3-5. In addition, each has a focus on RCSW’s mission and emphasizes recycling. Programs  in alignment with Ohio’s Learning Standards for Science are also available for grades 1 and 2 (see the easily adaptable programs ‘Lessons from the Lorax’ and ‘Dinosaurs Protecting Our Planet’ below and refer to Teaching Partnerships for additional options). Call 419-774-5861 or email Kristin for details and for our Kindergarten Storytelling options.

Teachers may opt to have RCSW’s educational specialist on site for programs #1 or #2 or to administer the activities without the specialist. An option for on-line interaction between the class and RCSW’s education specialist is also available. Programs #1 and #2 are delivered to the school prior to the reserved date and picked up the day after the reserved date.

Programs 3 through 6 require RCSW’s education specialist (please see below). A Web-based interface may be available. Please schedule a Zoom Meeting for details. Email or call Kristin at or 419-774-5861 to book your event or meeting.

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

To enhance the use of programs #1 and 2, please click and review the following: Games, Videos, Crafts, and Edu Links page. 

In-Class Activity Kits 1 and 2

  1. Understanding Plastics and Physical Change: Making Shrinky-Dinks with thermoplastic material or repurpose a plastic water bottle (In-classroom activity)
    1. Witness physical change as the thermoplastic material shrinks right in front of your eyes or repurpose a plastic water bottle into a terrarium… or something else! This activity gives new purpose to used plastics.
    2. Learn about the different kinds of plastics. Sort through a tub of materials that represent plastics #1 through #7. Discuss the pros and cons of different plastics, and discuss what is recyclable and what isn’t.  (Teacher guide provided with this activity.)
    3. ****Program available while supplies last.****
  2. Paper, Compost and Magnets or Hey, let’s make art outta puzzles (In-classroom warmer weather water activity – with possible fieldtrip/tour option to either the compost facility or landfill)
    1. Learn about compost with Compost Stew. Then experience an outdoor scavenger hunt with paper bags decorated with the help of nature.
    2. Make paper pots with your very own hands.
    3. Understand the important role of magnets in recycling. This multifaceted activity includes understanding the properties of magnets, and how they are used every day. If magnets aren’t available for this activity, students can create art out of puzzle pieces.

Programs 3 through 6: In-Class and/or Tour programs require RCSW’s education specialist. Students may interact directly and in person with RCSW or through a web-based interface such as Zoom if COVID restrictions limit face-to-face interaction.

3.  Let’s play games!!  In-Class option  What do you know about recycling and litter? For 3rd, 4th and 5th graders! Learn about recycling 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; Landfills; and Litter and Trash. Call for details for these games based on your grade’s Learning Standards for Science!

4.  Lessons from the Lorax: In-Class or Field Trip with Tour options (adapted for grades 1 through 4) RCSW’s educational specialist discusses Dr. Seuss’s 1971, Random House story about the Lorax who speaks for the trees as the ecosystem of the Truffula Trees is destroyed by the Once-ler who brings about environmental destruction for a silly invention that everyone thinks they need.

The environmental lessons within the story are presented visually through modern day examples related to the story. Natural resources, climate change and greenhouse gases such as water vapor; carbon dioxide and methane are introduced to the students. This discussion weaves into the presentation vanishing species; the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle; and more.

The class may be structured for either a 30/45/or 60 minute presentation. The longer presentations include games and activities that invite students to create nature themed DIY crafts.

This presentation is designed for your classroom. However, if teachers opt to integrate a tour to the landfill, RCSW’s Compost Facility, South Park, or Gorman Nature Center into this program, the 60 minute program will be conducted at RCSW.

5.  Dinosaurs Protecting Our Planet: In-Class or Field Trip with Tour options (for 2nd and 3rd graders) Students learn about reduce, reuse, and recycle through group game play. Students must be divided into about 5 discussion groups prior to the arrival of the education specialist or scheduled online interface. This program is guided towards student led discussions.

Students will learn about natural resources; how to reduce by using less; creating new uses for things that have been used – like egg cartons, paper towel tubes, and plastic water bottles; and how to recycle everyday items the “dinosaur way.”

Students will have the opportunity to repurpose an everyday household items that they bring to class or that is provided for them and/or create a poster for the year’s recycling poster contest.

If teachers opt to integrate a tour to the landfill, RCSW’s Compost Facility, South Park or Gorman Nature Center into this program, the program will be expanded and conducted at RCSW. Please click here for the description of the field trip program.

6. Building a Sustainable Community: Field Trip with Tour options (Adaptable to 3 through 5th grade)

Currently, this program is only offered at the Educational Classroom with fieldtrip options. Please click here for more information. This program is designed for 3rd through 6th grade students.

Please call or email Kristin with your questions and for the potential of a specialized program designed just for your class! She can be reached at 419-774-5861 or