Workshops for Educators

As part of our ongoing educational efforts, the Recycling staff has developed a number of environmental education workshops that address the growing problem of solid waste in schools and communities.

Participants are encouraged to dress casually and be prepared to join in the activities. Most workshops are offered free of charge, although education cooperatives (and others) hosting the workshops may add their own fees.

Please note that a minimum of 15 participants is required for all workshops because of the interactive nature of the activities.

General Workshops

The first three workshops listed provide hands-on activities covering a wide range of solid waste topics including:

  • recycling
  • waste management
  • source reduction
  • composting; and
  • environmental awareness

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop offers activities including the water cycle, worm composting, paper making, and trash detective. If requested when the workshop is scheduled, we can also provide information about how to set up a recycling program in your school. Hundreds of teachers have completed this workshop and use the information in classes ranging from kindergarten through college level.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop offers activities and lessons focused on what even the youngest person can do to protect the environment. Through songs, stories, and hands-on activities, young children can learn to reduce, reuse, and recycle. This workshop is geared toward educators of pre-K through about second grade students.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop provides the tools teachers of grades 6-12 need to help students understand complex environmental issues while developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants explore how our choices affect our environment and the options available to us.

Special Topic Workshops

Additional workshops offer hands-on activities focused on specific topics. Participants in all workshops receive lesson plans, teaching aids, and other resources to help them incorporate solid waste education into their current lessons.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop explores composting through hands-on activities you can use in your classroom. Participants receive an understanding of the composting process and resources to help incorporate composting into a variety of subjects. Although the workshop is geared toward teachers of grades 9-12, most activities can be adapted for use with other ages.

Some activities are from the Project Learning Tree Municipal Solid Waste Management guide which will be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost is $10, to be paid in cash or by a check made out to the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

Take a closer look at recycling from a business perspective, focus on the factors affecting the viability of recycling in a specific area. Hands-on lessons about solid waste, recycling, and economics are supplemented by real world information provided by a panel discussion featuring local professionals. May also include a tour (walking or virtual) of a local recycling facility. Although the workshop is geared toward teachers of grades 9-12, most activities can be adapted for use with grades 5 and up.

Some activities are from the Project Learning Tree Municipal Solid Waste Management guide which will be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost is $10, to be paid in cash or by a check made out to the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop provides hands-on activities and lessons for a global exploration of consumer choices focused on the motives for, impacts of, and sustainability of our decisions. Although the workshop is geared toward teachers of grades 5-12, most activities and information may prove useful to others.

Don’t see what you need?

In addition to the workshops listed, we can develop a customized presentation for your classroom, school, business, organization or community. Nearly any topic dealing with solid waste management – including waste prevention, recycling, composting, landfills, and litter prevention – can be addressed.

National EE Curricula Workshops

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

This workshop builds critical-thinking, processing and problem-solving skills through 36 imaginative, hands-on lessons that can be taught individually or in sequence to introduce students to litter and integrated solid waste management. Because of the cost of materials, a fee may be charged for this workshop. Workshop is geared toward teachers of grades K-6.

Eligible for 6 hours of professional development.

Explore the complexities of solid waste management and help students realize the impact their actions have on their community and the environment. Participants will learn by doing hands-on activities which use critical thinking and decision-making skills. Although the workshop is geared toward teachers of grades 9-12 students, most activities can be adapted for use with grades 7-8.

The Project Learning Tree Municipal Solid Waste Management guide will be available for purchase at the workshop. The cost is $10, to be paid in cash or by a check made out to the Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation.