Field Trips

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The District offers free field trips, including transportation. To qualify for these, schools must be registered with the District’s Recycling Assistance Program and be willing to teach 3 classroom hours about municipal solid waste issues.  For more information on how to register with the Recycling Assistance Program, email Cher Mohring or call 513-946-7737.

Compost Kids

Grades: K–6
Location: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
Offered: Fall and spring of every year.

Students learn about composting, healthy soil, and environmentally friendly gardening from Master Gardeners while participating in a number of hands-on activities. The trip is limited to a maximum of 50 students per day. Check back this summer for the Autumn dates. 

Municipal Solid Waste Travel Reimbursement Program

Need a Free Bus? You could qualify for bus transportation reimbursement to the landfill, recycling center, or other locations with municipal solid waste education programs. Completed Travel Reimbursement Program applications can be emailed to Jenny.Lohmann@hamilton-co.org or faxed to the District at 513-946-7779.

America Recycles Day at the Zoo

Grades: 1-5
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Offered: Check back in the fall of 2014

Students will use a passport to explore the grounds of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to learn how recycling helps not only people but creatures all over the world. This popular field trip fills up fast.

Where Does All the Garbage Go?

Field Trip Full, Check Back Next School Year

Grades: 1–8
Location: Rumpke Landfill and Trailside Nature Center
Offered: Wednesdays only in January, February and March of every year. Check back in the fall for application.

This two-part trip includes a tour of the Rumpke landfill and a demonstration of recycling in nature at Trailside Nature Center. At Rumpke, students witness up-close views of an active, working landfill. A Rumpke representative guides students to various operation sites, such as the working face, the methane gas recovery system, the truck wash, and parts of the mining operation. Students learn about Rumpke’s history, the different vehicles used, and the many ways our environment is protected from this mountain of garbage. The 45-minute tour at Rumpke Landfill is entirely on a bus. At Cincinnati Parks' Trailside Nature Center, students participate in an interactive program that includes a hike to observe decomposition and natural cycles, followed by games and activities about recycling, composting, and natural cycles. Students will make comparisons of the many ways both ecosystems and humans recycle. The program is designed to present Core Standards related to renewable and non-renewable resources, and reducing and recycling solid waste.