This innovative program provides students with an immersive and dynamic learning experience with recycling, trash, and waste streams. By participating in hands-on lessons, students gain an understanding of consumerism, pollution and potential solutions.
This curriculum was created by Darren Bingham of REGEN Consulting Services in partnership with the Azulita Project and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center. Funding was provided by the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, the City of Flagstaff, and other supporters.
This innovative approach provides students with an immersive and dynamic learning experience with
waste. By developing hands-on and experiential lessons, students engage with waste creativity. This
curriculum was created by Darren Bingham MA, an environmental educator in partnership with Willow
Bend Environmental Education Center. Maria Campbell PhD assisted as a curriculum consultant.
This curriculum grew from the Strive for 5 in Action in-school education program created by Willow Bend
and the Azulita Project. Strive for 5 was funded by the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff and
the City of Flagstaff, Arizona.
How to Use:
This curriculum was developed with four lessons to be followed in order. Lesson One should be tailored to your personal community. Check with a local provider or municipality for what can and cannot be recycled in your area. Additional activities are provided in many of the lessons. This curriculum has been updated to fit the needs of a virtual classroom, but was originally created for in-person teaching.
Additionally, it is critical that this education be implemented alongside proper recycling infrastructure and signage for students to be truly successful. Lastly, contact your local waste provider about getting accurate recycling information, signage, and infrastructure improvements.