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 submit student reflections after the trip.  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: 9:00-11:30 a.m. in the fall and spring of every year. School groups are welcome to pack a waste free lunch and eat outdoors on the patio after the program.

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. Apply now for the fall trip. Ohio Revised Science Standards met available here.

Don't Trash It!

Grades: 1–8
Location: Fernald Preserve and Rumpke Landfill
Offered: Wednesdays in the fall and spring of every year.

Beginning the trip at Fernald Preserve, students will participate in an interactive hike and activities emphasizing nature’s way of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Programming will continue in the LEED platinum certified Visitors Center. Groups are welcome to picnic using the outside shelter before leaving for the Rumpke landfill tour. At Rumpke, students witness up-close views of an active, working landfill and learn the many ways our environment is protected from this mountain of garbage. Apply now for the fall field trip.

America Recycles Day at the Zoo

Grades: 1-5
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Offered: Friday, November 14, 9:30 a.m.

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, apply now.

Where Does All the Garbage Go?

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

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 and learn the many ways our environment is protected from this mountain of garbage. At Cincinnati Parks' Trailside Nature Center, students participate in an interactive program that includes a hike to observe decomposition, followed by games and activities about recycling, composting, and natural cycles. Apply now for the 2015 field trip. Ohio Revised Science Standards met available here.

Trash Talk

Grades: 9-12
Locations: Rumpke’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Sanitary Landfill
Offered: 10:00 a.m.to 1:00p.m., Wednesdays in the fall and spring of every year.

Whether you teach Environmental Science, Engineering, Physics, Economics, or Civics, this field trip is a real eye-opening experience for both students and faculty. Groups are welcome to pack a waste free lunch and eat indoors at the MRF before heading to the landfill. The trip is limited to a maximum of 40 students. Apply here.

Want to make it a full day? You may also visit Fernald Preserve and tour a government remediation site conducted in accordance with Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). Times will be adjusted accordingly.

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.