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Virtual Transfer Station Field Trip

Welcome teachers to the League of 4R’s Action Heroes Virtual Transfer Station Tour! StopWaste is working to create even more virtual experiences paired with resources and activities for deeper student engagement. The first virtual stop on the tour is available now! Stay updated on the releases of new tour stops by signing up for our e-news.  

Click here to learn about our in-person field trips that are currently on hold due to COVID-19.  

Before Your Virtual Tour:  
 

Student Garbologist Field Journal

Before starting your adventure from Garbologist to Student Action Hero, download and make a copy of our Field Journal use a scratch piece of paper for your own Garbologist Field Journal. This journal will help you record your observations, questions, and reflections along each stop of the tour.  

Student KWL Chart

Teachers and students, have a discussion with your class or family about the 4Rs. On this KWL Chart or a separate piece of scratch paper, record what you KNOW and what you WANT TO KNOW.  

Doing the 4Rs Video  

We recommend showing your students the Doing the 4Rs Video to introduce the 4Rs. Doing the 4Rs is a motivating and informative video designed for 4th and 5th grade students. Alameda County youth show how they practice the 4Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost) at home, school, and play.  


Begin Your Tour 
 

Virtual Stop #1: Welcome Students! Let's Transform into Garbologists  

Alameda County Needs Your Help! 

On the first stop of the tour, students will explore what they care about, what they connect with and how their own knowledge, skills, and life experiences align to the mission of the 4Rs Action League – to protect the earth by taking action to reduce waste.  

Guiding Questions:  

  • What do you care about?  
  • What actions can you take to waste less? 
  • What do you think we can learn from studying what people decide to throw away into the garbage, recycling, and compost bins?  

Post Virtual Tour Stop #1 Activities  

  • Students: On the Garbologist Field Journal, fill out the top “About Me” section.  
  • Teachers: Explore the different K-12 Educational Resource and Take Action at Home pages to find educational activities that get students prepared to stop waste, fight global climate change and take action at home, at school and collectively as a community.  

Additional Resources 

  • Community Stories: Watch this video as teacher Rachel Lerman shares her story about taking action not only with her family but also with students at her school. Listen as she shares about reconnecting with the earth and why it’s her goal to reconnect all students with the natural world.  

  • Community Stories: Watch Hesperian Elementary in action as they highlight their field trip the Davis Street Transfer Station, and taking action in the garden.  


Virtual Stop #2: What is a Transfer Station and Where Does Our Garbage Go? 

Follow the journey of waste from your house or school to the landfill 

On the second stop of the tour, students will explore current waste practices and what happens to things that we decide to throw away. Students will see what happens to materials at a working transfer station. On this journey, students will also be introduced to natural resources and their connections with the things that we buy and throw away. Video coming soon!

Guiding Questions: 

  • Where do recyclables, compostables and garbage go once we sort at home or at school?  
  • What is a natural resource and how do they connect with our waste?  

Post Virtual Tour Stop #2 Activities: 

In this lesson, students learn about renewable, nonrenewable and perpetual resources by looking at products made from natural resources.  

Additional Resources 


Virtual Stop #3: What are we Throwing Away and Can We Waste Less? 

A deeper look into the waste we create and the connection to global climate change. 

On the third stop of the tour, students will take a closer look at the transfer station garbage pit and observe just how much of what we send to the landfill could have been reduced, reused, recycled or composted. Students will learn that materials that end up in a landfill stay there forever and can contribute to global climate change. Video coming soon! 

Guiding Questions: 

  • How much stuff are we sending to the landfill in Alameda County?  
  • What happens to things in the landfill?  
  • What is methane and how does it contribute to global climate change? 

Post Virtual Tour Stop #3 Activities:  

  • Students: On the Garbologist Field Journal, fill out the Garbologist Observations, What’s in the Pit? and Food Matters sections.  
  • Teachers: Explore the different K-12 Educational Resource and Take Action at Home pages to find educational activities that get students prepared to stop waste, fight global climate change and take action at home, at school, and collectively as a community. 

Additional Resources 

  • Coming soon! 


Virtual Stop #4: How Can We Take Action to Reduce Waste and Create a Healthier Earth? 

Take action with students around Alameda County and join the League of 4Rs Action Heroes 

On the final stop of the tour, students reflect on how they can become a member of the 4Rs Action League and take action to reduce waste and build a healthier earth. 

Guiding Questions: 

  • What actions can I take to reduce waste? 
  • What is my 4Rs Action League Identity?  

Post Virtual Tour Stop #4 Activities:  

  • Students: On the Garbologist Field Journal, fill out the “Garbologist Reflections” and “Can you Be a 4Rs Action Hero?” sections.  
  • Students: Use the Student Action Hero Hall of Fame handout to create your visual 4Rs Action Hero identity and share your origin story.  
  • Teachers: Explore the different K-12 Educational Resource and Take Action at Home pages to find educational activities that encourage students to take action at home, at school, and collectively in their communities.  

Additional Resources 

Questions? Contact Cristian Aguilar at caguilar@stopwaste.org or edcenter@stopwaste.org