Field Trips

Field Trips

The District offers free field trips, including limited transportation reimbursement. Inquiries may be directed to Angela Rivera at (513) 946-7746. To quality, schools must be registered with the District's Let's Stop Waste at School (LSW) Program and be willing to submit student reflections after the trip. 

Do you have an idea for a waste-related field trip for your students? We'd love to hear from you!

Compost Kids

Grades: K - 6
Location: Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati
2019/20 Dates: TBD
Times: 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 
Maximum students: 45; one chaperone per each 10 students is required
Itinerary: Students learn about composting, healthy soil, water conservation, and environmentally-friendly gardening while participating in a number of hands-on activities. School groups are welcome to pack a waste-free lunch and eat outdoors on the patio after the program. 
Ohio Learning Standards

Nature of Recycling

Grades: K - 12
Location: Greenacres Foundation
Times: 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. 
Maximum students: 30; one chaperone per each 10 students is required
Itinerary: Learn about waste reduction through interactive outdoor activities. Programs are tailored for each group. Greenacres provides bus reimbursement for qualifying schools. 
Register: online at Greenacres.org

America Recycles Day at the Zoo

Grades: 1 - 5
Location: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
2019 Date: TBD
To be placed on a waiting list, please email Angela Rivera. 
Itinerary: 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.
Ohio Learning Standards

Where Does All the Garbage Go?

Grades: 1–6
Locations:  Burnet Woods and Rumpke Landfill
2020 Dates: January 30; February 13 and 27; March 12
Times: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Maximum students: 50
Itinerary: Students will participate in an interactive program that includes a hike to observe decomposition, followed by games and activities about recycling, composting, and natural cycles at Burnet Woods' Trailside Nature Center. Then, students will go to Rumpke to see an active, working landfill and learn the ways our environment is protected from this mountain of garbage.  
Ohio Learning Standards

Don't Trash It!

Grades: 1–8
Location: Fernald Preserve/Rumpke Landfill
2019/20 Dates: October 3 & 17; November 21; March 26; April 9 & 30
Time: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Maximum students: 50
Itinerary: 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 at 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.
Ohio Learning Standards

Trash Talk

Grades: 9–12
Location: Rumpke’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and Rumpke Sanitary Landfill
Dates: October 3 & 17; November 21; March 26; April 9 & 30
Times: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Maximum students: 40
Itinerary: We'll start at the MRF; groups are welcome to pack a waste free lunch and eat indoors at the MRF before heading to the landfill.  
You may also extend your day by visiting Fernald Preserve and touring their facility including environmental cleanup, ecological restoration and legacy management.
Ohio Learning Standards

Local Government

Grades: 9–12
Location: Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District office
2020 Dates: January 16; March 19; May 21
Times: 1:30 p.m.
Maximum students: 25
Itinerary: Students will attend a policy committee meeting for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District where they will learn about waste reduction efforts in the region and how local government operates. Schools must commit to a short presentation prior to the date of the policy committee meeting.

Bus Reimbursement

Your school may qualify for bus transportation reimbursement to the landfill, recycling center, or other locations with the District's education programs. Complete the Bus Reimbursement form.