Classroom Activities


Kristi Higginbotham
Outreach and Programs Manager

Tour the Landfill

Are you looking for a different type of field trip that students are sure to remember and learn valuable environmental and ecological lessons from? Come and tour the landfill. Learn more here.

SWACO Accessories

The following cartoon can also be found at the 'My House' exhibit in the North America region of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium:

What is a Landfill?
Click Here to view a Landfill Tour PP Presentation
created by Amee DeWitt

SWACO Sanitary Landfill Poster
(Download a landfill poster 72 DPI for digital screen usage)

SWACO Sanitary Landfill Poster
(Download a landfill poster 300 DPI for printing. This is a larger file. Depending on your computer it may take several minutes to download.)

Other Programming

Windows on Waste (WOW) Curriculum:

WOW Guide
WOW Vocabulary
WOW Ohio Department of Education Activity Correlations

Keep America Beautiful Waste in Place Curriculum

Waste in Place is a resource guide for educators to use with Pre-K to 6th grade students created by Keep America Beautiful. The guide is used to help students (like yourself) learn about litter prevention, beautification and community greening, recycling, and managing solid waste. 

PAST Foundation/SWACO Garbology Project

Garbology is a hands-on, minds-on educational program that explores the global issues of waste management involving students in understanding what we really waste today and what are some of the alternatives for managing waste today and tomorrow.

Other Websites and Resources

  • Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has joined a growing consortium of partners offering a program launched in 2002 by The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida: The Fairchild Challenge. This free, multidisciplinary, standards-based, STE(A)M-focused environmental education program provides teachers with another tool to deliver core curriculum, and gives students an opportunity to shine. By appealing to students’ innate sense of creativity and curiosity about the world around them, the Challenge invites High School age learners to investigate environmental issues, devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues and to take action–at any level–to address them. Learn more by downloading the information packet and flyer.
  • The Waste Not Center is no longer in operation.
  • Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) EPA Activities and EPA Students, Parents, and Educators
  • Earth 911 Website Earth911
  • Central Ohio Sustainability Alliance (COSA) - Sustainability Trivia Quiz
  • Interested in pursuing an Environmental Science degree?  Learn more at: Environmental Science, Sustainability Degrees, and Online Environmental Science Degrees

Brochures and Information