Environmental Education is a non-regulatory solution for natural resource challenges. EE increases student creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and achievement across disciplines. It is science-based and presents multiple perspectives of issues.
Environmental Education is about more than just science. It is social studies, math, history, art, economics, and technology. It is about the place you live, the materials you use, and the choices made everyday.
To see a sampling of the most popular education programs offered through the Washington County Environmental Affairs Office, please click the following link:
Environmental Education Programming Spreadsheet
The University of Arkansas Department of Agriculture Research and Extension office has an awesome (and free!) series of podcasts on everything from composting to pest management to water quality. You can find all of them here.
Washington County offers free education programs for schools, youth groups, civic group, and the general public. We can provide a speaker at a special event, an educational display at a fair, or an interactive program for a school or organization. School programs are aligned with state curriculum frameworks. Topics include:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
This covers what can be recycled, how to recycle, and the importance of reducing and reusing first.
Household Hazardous Waste
What is household hazardous waste, how should it be disposed of, and what are healthier alternatives?
What are commonly used natural resources in Arkansas? What is the difference between renewable and nonrenewable resources? How does recycling affect conservation?
What is in your trash and how is it different from what your grandparents threw away?
Where does your trash go? What is the difference between a dump and a sanitary landfill?
Learn the process of paper recycling while making your own unique creation.
What can be composted and how the process works. Worms can be a fun addition to any classroom.
Most programs can be modified for age, group size, and time. We also work with schools to establish and maintain recycling programs. If you would like assistance with your school recycling program or you are interested in an educational program, contact Leah Saffian or Rachel Kraus.
We publish two electronic newsletters per month. One covers grants and awards for schools or youth group activities relating to the environment. The other provides EE resources, teacher workshops, and interesting environmental news. The sign up for one or both newsletters, email Leah Saffian or Rachel Kraus.