Where does all energy come from on earth, and how is it passed down through the web of life? Explore terms such as producer, consumer, decomposer, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, and scavenger in a food pyramid activity. Learn about predator and prey adaptations through biofact exploration and live animal encounters; and become part of a rainforest food chain by understanding how energy is passed. Plus, learn how living things are connected through food webs.
You can survive for many weeks without food but less than a week without water. We see and use water every day. It is a common item. We drink it, bathe in it, play in it and grow our food with it. This activity book takes you on a voyage to learn more about water. Topics include:
States of Matter ~
Gas (Water Vapor),
Uses of Water,
Land Use Activities,
Basic Ingredient of Life,
The Green Star Schools program is a comprehensive Zero Waste program serving elementary, middle and high schools in the area. Recyclable paper, recyclable containers, compostables and trash are collected in every room of a school: lunchroom, kitchen, classroom, offices and restrooms (paper towels). The program also emphasizes other ways to reduce waste in addition to composting and recycling. Eco-Cycle staff provide education, on-going support, feedback and incentives to the school communities through classroom presentations, school-wide assemblies, trash audits, after-school Zero Waste events, and meetings with administration, custodial and teaching staff.
Eco-Cycle Healthy Indoor Air (City of Boulder, City of Broomfield and Town of Superior Public Schools Only)
Designed for health and science classes, students learn about many indoor air quality issues including radon, biological pollutants, carbon monoxide and asbestos. A special emphasis is also placed on the fumes from toxic household products and on pesticides. A short video from the American Lung Association provides an introduction to indoor air quality. This is followed by a more detailed discussion of the specific sources of, health effects from and solutions to indoor air pollution. The program closes with the students working alone or with a partner to create a newspaper ad. The ads promote the reduction of indoor air pollution from household products. The finished assignments are sent to Eco-Cycle and entered into a contest. Two winning entries are chosen for publication in the two largest Boulder County newspapers.
This all day field trip take students, teachers and parents to three important waste diversion facilities in the area: The City of Boulder/Eco-Cycle's Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM), the Boulder County Recycling Center, and ReSource (for Boulder County schools) or Broomfield Drop-off Center (for Broomfield schools). Participants will witness and learn about how various materials, from paper and cans to windows and doorknobs, can be reused and/or recycled.
This is a full day tour of Zero Waste businesses in our area. Students visit the Aspen Meadows Veterinary Clinic in Longmont (the only LEED certified veterinary clinic in the U.S.), R.E.I., Ocean First Divers and Green Guru to see how and why local businesses are implementing Zero Waste principles.
This four-presentation, four-week offering on energy conservation contains a strong science emphasis and includes hands-on experiments, songs, skits and a superhero theme. Students are asked to try behavioral changes to save energy at school and at home, and encourage their parents to participate as well.
This presentation will provide background on the concept of Zero Waste and showcase successful Zero Waste models in federal governments, local governments and businesses through discussion and activities. Students will be challenged to apply Zero Waste ideas to a hypothetical decision-making situation and to their own lives.
Electronics are the fastest growing portion of our waste stream. Students will learn why electronics should be kept out of landfills and why recycling is mandatory in many states. An interactive activity will teach where electronics and other hard-to-recycle items can be recycled safely.
Have you ever seen the “Brown Cloud”? Students will learn about sources of air pollution and what we can do to clean up our air. Experiments and demonstrations will introduce them to the chemical interactions and health problems related to common pollutants.