Classroom Presentations

Environmental Education:


Field Trips

Sustainability In Action

Service Learning

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Keep Cincinnati Beautiful provides free environmental education to any classroom in the public, private and parochial schools of Greater Cincinnati. Our presentations cover a wide variety of topics. We believe that teaching kids the local and global impacts of sustainability will help them improve vocabulary, retention and listening skills, and knowledge of science, math, and social studies. We also hope that the students we teach will become teachers in their own homes.

Recycle This is a prerequisite program that involves a discussion about the natural resources from which different kinds of packaging are made. We’ll demonstrate how recycling packaging saves resources, landfill space, and energy. Recycle This is a required introductory program to KCB’s environmental education curriculum. (30-45 minutes)

Environmental Outreach

Fred the Fish (Grades K-3)

IMG_3408Fred is a little fish whose curiosity gets the best of him as he sets out to explore the Mill Creek. He has no idea that there is a lot more than water in the water! We will follow Fred on his journey and see the effects of water pollution on wildlife as well as discuss what we can do to help keep the water clean. (30 minutes)

Compost Stew (Grades K-2)

IMG_4084We’ll read the book Compost Stew and follow along by creating our own batch of “compost”. Students will learn how the earth recycles and why it’s important for us to do things, like compost, to reduce the amount of waste we create. (30 minutes)

Water, Water Everywhere (Grades 3-12)

This NEW program adopted from Project WET allows students to appreciate how little water is actually available for human use with a demonstration of water availability and a hands-on activity in which they manage their water for various uses. Students discuss how humans use water, understand the importance of managing this resource carefully and formulate ideas to conserve water and maintain a quality supply. (45 minutes)

The Mystery of Landfills (Grades 3-12)

IMG_3477What happens to our trash after it is picked up at the curb? What is the difference between a dump and a sanitary landfill? How are landfills designed to minimize the effects of solid waste disposal on our environment? Using a model of a landfill to visually depict the components of its design, we will discuss the answers to these and other questions. This program is modified to suit the age group of your students. (45 minutes)

Understanding your Carbon Footprint (Grades 3-12)

IMG_6299This program is modified to suit the age group of your students. Generally, students will calculate the amount of carbon dioxide they emit on a yearly basis and uncover the biggest contributors to their individual “footprint”. We will discuss ways to alter their daily living in order to make a positive impact on the environment. (45 minutes)

Wonders of the Sun (Grades 3-6)

In this NEW program, students are able to better appreciate the many uses of our Sun. Students become familiar with the concept of UV rays through an activity with UV color changing beads utilizing outdoor observation and inquiry. They gain an understanding of what solar energy is, how it is used, how it can be collected and how it can be harnessed into electricity. (45 minutes)

Storm Water (Grades 7-12)

This NEW program adopted from Project WET students understand the concept of storm water as the largest contributor to non-point source pollution in our waterways. Through hands-on activities they understand the different effects of storm water on natural versus man-made landscapes and the methods used by city planners and water managers to reduce the impact of storm water. (45 minutes)

Litter Prevention

The Wartville Wizard (Grades K-3)

What would it take to get the people of Wartville to stop littering and put their trash where it belongs? “The Wartville Wizard” finds a way that will delight the children of your classroom. Using the popular children’s book, and with a little help from some of the characters, we’ll find out that there are wizards with the power to fight litter in your classroom! (30 minutes)

Jitter, Don’t Litter (Grades K-1)

092909 027This is a story that will set your kids’ toes a tappin’. With colorful characters from “ How Spider Stopped the Litterbugs”, we’ll dance and sing our way to understanding that everyone (even little kids) can help keep our city litter-free. (30 minutes)

How Litter Hurts Animals (Grades K-3)

IMG_4112All children have a warm spot in their hearts for animals. In this program, we introduce children to the idea that litter not only makes the neighborhood look trashy, it can also harm pets and wildlife. Through the use of a puppet show and age-appropriate discussions, we will establish a connection that is deep and meaningful to them. (30 minutes)


Eco-Art (Grades K-6)

After a brief review and discussion of the three R’s, children will tap into their creative side to explore the reuse leg of the reduce-reuse-recycle triangle. We’ll put into practice the concept of reuse through craft making from of an item usually destined for the landfill, which students get to take home! We provide the craft materials but request that each class supply its own glue, scissors, and crayons or markers. (30-45 minutes)

Paper Recycling (Grades K-6)

SilvertonThis is one of our most popular programs! Students learn where paper comes from, its history, its future, and why recycling paper is beneficial to the environment. They will operate their own paper recycling facility and produce recycled paper right in your classroom. (45 minutes)

Recycle This! (Grades 2-12)

This program involves a discussion about the natural resources from which different kinds of packaging are made, our ability to recycle packaging as well as its biodegradability (or lack thereof). We’ll demonstrate how recycling our packaging saves resources, landfill space and energy. The program concludes with a game in which students practice sorting their recyclables for curbside collection. (45 minutes)