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Classroom workshops are a great way to introduce students to new ideas about waste reduction, recycling and conservation OR to supplement what students learn from the Curiosity Quest assembly. Choose from a variety of workshop topics that are tied to Washington State Education StandardsDownload PDF , 350 K.

As part of the workshops or on their own, students can 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. Workshops vary from 50 to 60 minutes long and should be scheduled consecutively. For schools that schedule the assembly, the classroom workshops are recommended on a day following the assembly. Requests for an entire grade level to receive a particular workshop are considered and accommodated when possible.

Primary classroom workshops

Healthy Habitat - grades 1-3, 50 minutes

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

Rethink and Reuse - grades 1-3, 60 minutes

This hands-on workshop teaches students that using something again can help conserve valuable natural resources and help the environment. Students play a NEW interactive game that provides real-life examples of how to substitute disposable items with reusable ones. Next they engage in a reuse craft project that shows how reusing can be both functional and fun.

Intermediate classroom workshops

Garbology - grades 3-5, 50 minutes

Through inquiry-based 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, 50 minutes

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.

Let's Talk Trash - grades 5-6, 60 minutes

How does your garbage affect natural resources, energy, and climate change? Students discover the connections by participating in a "talk show" hosted by the presenter. Students work in small teams and become experts on how recycling and waste prevention help save landfill space, conserve natural resources, and even reduce the factors that contribute to climate change.

Our Climate, R Choices - grades 4-6, 60 minutes

This workshop introduces students 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 a NEW interactive game, they learn how practicing the 4Rs can help reduce our impact on Earth's climate.

Spanish language workshops

Recicla Más, Spanish language - grades 3-5, 60 minutes

In this workshop taught entirely in Spanish students participate in fun and engaging activities to learn about where their natural resources come from and 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, 60 minutes

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.

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 schools in King County outside of the City of Seattle and are provided at no charge to the recipient.

To schedule a workshop, contact Triangle Associates at 206-583-0655 or

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Students learn simple ways to protect habitat.
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