Education Program

Recycle Utah’s Environmental Education Program

Recycle Utah’s education program gives kids the opportunity to envision the kind of world they would like to live in.  This year, we talked to K-5th grade about the importance of earth’s resources, recycling, water, energy and all with a global perspective. Recycle Utah with local professionals taught over 500 4th graders about everything water at this year’s Park City Water Festival. We have added an additional Water Festival in Wasatch County that reaches 330 more students! We hope to see our students, teach the importance of conservation to their families, friends and beyond.

If you are interested in our education programs or would like for us to come to your school, please contact Mary Closser:


In the Classroom: 
Field Trips:
Spanish Education:
Links and More:
  • The Story of Stuff: Animated videos that explain the life of “stuff” before and after we use it, and how to use your consumer power to change the way stuff is made. Great lesson.
  • Energy Quest: Puzzles, activities, games, and lessons on energy.
  • Energy Kids: Understanding Wind Energy from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
  • Home Energy Conservation for Kids: Resources for kids to conserve energy in their homes.
For questions about our environmental education programs or to schedule a field trip, class visit, or workshop, call us at 435-649-9698.

School Visits

Recycle Utah’s environmental educators join classes for activities and interactive discussions to teach essential environmental topics.

Lessons cover the following topics:

  • Basic Recycling
  • Resources and Why They Matter
  • Precycling: Packaging & Consumerism
  • Water and Energy Conservation
  • Hazardous Materials & Electronic Waste
  • Alternative Energy and Climate Change

Our educators visit public and private school classrooms across Summit County throughout the school year.

All curriculum is designed to meet Utah Core Curriculum.

View sample lessons here and here.

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Summer Camps
Recycle Utah Environmental Educators are available for Summer Camps!

We are available to teach our fun and hands-on outdoor eco-lessons to groups of ten or more during the summer months. We also love doing tours of our Recycling Center so bring your campers to us too!

Recycle Utah Summer Camp Lesson Plans

  • Pollution: Learn about any contamination of air, water or land that affects the balance of the environment.
  • Seed Balls: Discuss the benefits of composting, trees and native planting.  Create wild flower seed balls with clay, water and egg cartons.
  • Water: How does the water cycle work?  Talk about water conservation and preservation.
  • Recycling: Do a master sort!
  • Buy Local: Learn about food miles and where products are made and come from.

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Water Education

Water-specific lesson plans teach students about water conservation, pollution, soil and global water scarcity. Water themes are tied into many Recycle Utah lessons throughout the year as an important focus for our organization.

Additional Information:

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All field trips get a tour of the center, seeing first-hand the more than 50 items we accept and how we deal with the sheer volume of stuff that we collect every day. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the center and have a chance to ask questions about what happens to your recycling after you drop it off and the resources we are trying to conserve. Tours of the center last about 40 minutes, on average.

Classes are encouraged to do a playground or park clean-up before hand and sort the garbage from the recyclables, then bring the recyclables to sort at the center after your tour.


Older groups of kids with more time (1 hr+) can help us sort large bags of aluminum cans. It’s a great hands-on way to learn about contamination and the value of proper sorting. This activity is best for small groups.

We welcome classes, scout troops, and other groups. Call us at 435-649-9698 to schedule a field trip.

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