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Workshops are available in-person and virtual for the 2022-2023 school year. Classroom workshops are a great way to introduce students to new ideas about waste reduction, recycling, climate change and conservation and to supplement what students learn from the Curiosity Quest assembly. EcoConnections workshops are designed to be interactive, engaging and offer a unique way to support student learning. Choose from a variety of elementaryDownload PDF , 75 K and secondaryDownload PDF , 300 K workshop topics that are tied to Washington State Education StandardsDownload PDF , 350 K.

Students can also conduct a survey of their householdsDownload PDF , 362 K to determine how efficiently they are reducing their waste and separating recyclables from it. The survey is also available in SpanishDownload PDF , 200 K.

Select two to four classroom workshops from the selection below. In person workshops are 45-60 minutes in length and should be scheduled consecutively. Virtual workshops are approximately 45 minutes in length and can be tailored to fit individual scheduling needs. For schools that schedule the assembly, the classroom workshops are recommended on a day following the assembly, if possible. Requests for an entire grade level to receive a particular workshop are considered and accommodated when possible.

Students work together to learn simple ways to protect habitats
Students work together to learn simple ways to protect habitats

Primary classroom workshops

Dive into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - grades 2-3

Students investigate the role of disposable plastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Through visuals that convey the importance and beauty of healthy oceans, students learn how their simple everyday actions can save natural resources and contribute to a healthy marine ecosystem and healthy planet.

Rethink and Reuse- Grades 1-3

Students explore reuse and recycling and understand the different effects of each on the environment. Using common reusable items, students will do a short and fun art project to reinforce the importance of reusing everyday items and practice ways to reuse things.

Healthy Habitat - grades 1-3

Students explore the basic components of habitat – food, water, shelter, and space – through discussion, visuals, and games that introduce them to native Northwest animals and their habitat needs. Students make the connection between their everyday actions, the 4Rs, and a healthy habitat.

Intermediate classroom workshops

Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans - grades 4-6

In this more advanced plastics and pollution workshop, Intermediate students investigate the role of disposable plastics in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Through visuals that convey the importance and beauty of healthy oceans, students learn how their simple everyday actions can save natural resources and contribute to a healthy marine ecosystem and healthy planet.

Garbology - grades 3-5

Through visuals and hands on activities, students discover the simple science of decomposition and what happens to the things that we throw away. Students become "Garbologists" as they learn about how our local landfill works and why practicing the 4Rs is important for a healthy planet.

Habitat Stewardship - grades 3-5

This advanced habitat workshop introduces the concept of stewardship, providing an in-depth look at the necessary components of habitat and our role in keeping it healthy. Students examine their personal choices and their impacts on the environment as they learn about several native Northwest animals and their habitats.

Our Climate, R Choices - grades 4-6

Students are introduced to the basics of climate change and ways to reduce their impact on the planet. Students investigate a product's life cycle and learn the connection between the manufacture, use, and disposal of everyday items and the creation of greenhouse gases. Through interactive activities, students learn how practicing the 4Rs can help reduce our impact on Earth's climate.

Secondary classroom workshops

4Rs for Our Climate – Grades 6-12

In this workshop students think about our individual choices impact our climate and discuss how consumption and waste relate to greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

Biodiversity – Grades 6-12

In this workshop we think about how our actions and systems impact habitats, ecosystems, and wildlife.

Biospheres – Grades 6-12

We think critically about how our actions and systems impact our consumption and resources and the impact our consumption has on ecosystems. The workshops compares how nature uses resources and how we use and dispose of resources.

Climate and Communities: Exploring Environmental Justice – Grades 9-12

This workshops explores how our actions impact resources and peoples through a lens of social and environmental justice.

Earth Impact – Grades 8-12

In this workshop we think about factors that influence our choice of products and our consumption. We think critically on how consumption and disposal of "stuff" impacts the Earth.

Plastic Pollution and our Oceans – Grades 6-9

This workshops explores how plastics move through ecosystems and impact wildlife and people.

Consumption Junction – Grades 6-10

This workshop explores the product lifecycle of an aluminum can. We then think critically about how the consumption and waste of resources impacts ecosystems and people.

Food for Thought – Grades 6-9

This workshops explores how food production and food waste impact our planet. We then think about food waste reduction efforts and possible actions we can take

Spanish language workshops
Taught entirely in Spanish

Recicla Más, Spanish language - grades 3-5

In this workshop taught entirely in Spanish students participate in fun and engaging activities to learn about where their natural resources come from and how to correctly sort what can and can't be recycled. Students discover how recycling right and avoiding contamination can help reduce our waste and save natural resources.

Habitate Saludables – Spanish language - grades 3-5

Taught entirely in Spanish, this workshop helps students understand the connection between habitat and the four Rs and "Super C" (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and compost). Students participate in interactive small group games and activities to learn how their everyday actions can protect habitats.

To schedule a workshop, contact Triangle Associates at workshops@triangleassociates.com email Triangle Associates or call 206-583-0655.

Green Schools Program assistance and workshops for Green Teams

King County Green Schools Program provides guidance, tools, and recognition for class, Green Team, or other school group projects that conserve natural resources and protect the environment. Learn more about Elementary School Green Teams.

These programs and services are available to registered King County Green Schools participants in King County outside of the City of Seattle and are provided at no charge to the recipient.

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