RSP presents new unit on plastic pollution

Micro plastic pollution: We can’t say enough about it… RSP presented at the Missouri Environmental Education Association (MEEA) conference held in October. We conducted one of the lab activities from our new unit on the St. Louis connection to plastic pollution in our ocean. We will come to your school [...]

The Fall 2015 RSP newsletter is here!

The new Resourceful Schools Project Fall 2015 newsletter is out! See our list of free programs for K-12 schools in St. Louis County,  and read  a recap of our bottle cap collection and the Robinson Elementary cafeteria compost project. […]

Eek! It leaks! A lesson for students in grades 3-8

A sanitary landfill is an engineering marvel that protects our groundwater from contaminated waste. Basically, it is a giant bag that doesn’t leak. In this activity, students are charged with constructing a leak-proof bag using 4 plastic strips and masking tape. The challenge is they are given only a limited amount of tape.

Attention All Day Camps: Puppet Show Extends Season

Destiny, the star of the smash hit puppet show, “How Recycling Changed My Life” has extended her engagement in St. Louis County and is now available for summer performances. The smash hit, seen by 1,008 students this past school year, features a sneaky villain, dramatic chase scene, and flying objects! […]

Lesson plans for upper elementary and middle school students.

Recycling & Economics Got Gadgets? The Zero Waste Project Recycling & Climate Change Pass the Tomatoes Please The Carbon Games Litter & Waste Reduction Pick Up a New Attitude Waste Watchers Recycling Rules All three of these lessons are in this pdf.

Programs for Adults

If you are looking for programming for a PTO meeting or events in your school community, we offer presentations on solid waste issues intended for adult audiences. The environment provides an important service that protects human health; it receives our wastes. The Saint Louis County Health Department is one of [...]

Recycling Relay

This activity challenges students to separate materials in a similar way to how it happens in real life. […]

High School Lesson Plan: Hands-on “Garbage Patch”

You may have heard about the “Garbage Patch”, an island the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean, but it may not be what you imagine. Much of the pollution caught in all of our ocean’s gyres is actually a slurry of many-sized pieces of plastic; some smaller than the period at the end of this sentence. […]

Elementary Offerings: Decomposer Detectives/World of Worms

“Decomposer Detectives” is an activity in which students explore samples of working compost to find creatures that are a part of the decomposer community. Sometimes terrific, insect-filled compost samples are hard to come by so, as a solution to this problem, we have combined this activity with the “World of Worms.” The [...]

New Puppet Show: How Recycling Changed My Life

Our new puppet show stars an elementary student named Destiny. The 15-20 minute presentation is interactive, features a villain, contains an exciting chase scene, and has a conclusion that young students can readily recognize as actually happening in real life. The puppet show can be performed for multiple classes of [...]