Garbology 4-H School Enrichment

4-H Garbology
Garbology - A 4-H School Enrichment Program for schools in Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska.

To learn more about Garbology for Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska schools, and Trash to Treasure for Afterschool Programs, Contact Teri Hlava, Extension Assistant

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Garbology - A 4-H School Enrichment Program

What is Garbology?

Welcome to the world of solid waste management. Although the topic may not sound exciting, it is one of today's most pressing problems. We live in a throwaway society.

You, as educators, can make a large impact by helping children understand that waste is a big problem.

This solid waste management curriculum is designed to help children become aware of garbage and realize that waste doesn't magically disappear once it hits the trash barrel. The activities lead to action and commitment on the part of the student. It is designed for the second grade curriculum though it may be used in the third grade if the second grade does not participate.

For Schools in Lincoln and Lancaster County, Nebraska:

The Garbology 4-H School Enrichment project is divided into these areas:

  1. What is Waste?
  2. Where Does Waste Come From?
  3. Where Does Waste Go?
  4. What Can We Do About Waste?

The Garbology Educational Kit includes activities. It is sectioned to meet Nebraska State Science Standards activities that can be integrated into language arts, math, science and social studies.

Included with the curriculum are a glossary and background, information on the production and recycling methods for steel, glass, aluminum, paper and other materials.

Garbology is sponsored by:

Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County and the City of Lincoln Recycling Department. These agencies provide:

  • Classroom Presentation
  • Teacher training
  • Garbology Education Kit
  • Teacher curriculum guide with activities
  • Supplemental resource materials and supplies
  • Video tapes, books
  • Paper making supplies
After-School Programs in Lincoln and Lancaster County:

4-H School Enrichment Trash to Treasure offers:

  • Educational kits and presentations
  • Grades K-5 curriculum, activities, and supplemental supplies

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