Discover the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ at our July 30 workshop

Our free STEAM workshop for middle school science teachers on July 30 will feature lab activities, field trips, community service projects, art, language arts, and more!  Come and stake your claim on a Texas-sized island of trash!

The Problem with Plastic

  • Plastic pollution is a LOCAL problem for those who manage our stormwater in St. Louis.
  • Once plastic pollution enters the Mississippi River it travels to the ocean unhindered.
  • Plastic pollution is a serious GLOBAL problem with unknown  environmental consequences.
  • This unit is an opportunity for your students to learn that simple actions, such as recycling, protect ecosystems locally and globally.

5cf3f96e-8bef-404a-860b-e9e65b750c84Thursday, July 30, 2015

9:00 am -3:00 pm
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Workshop to Include:

Field trip:

  • Tour of Resource Management’s Material Recovery Facility where single-stream recycling is sorted.
  • Tour with MSD and a member from Missouri Stream Team to identify some local issues.

Lab and classroom activities:

  • Constructing a model ocean.
  • Collecting samples of plastic “pollution”.
  • Creating an inventory and identifying plastics by determining their density.
  • MSD watershed activities using a classroom kit.

Discussion of language arts, and art extensions, identifying local resources, field trips,  and community service opportunities.

Please share this opportunity with other St. Louis County teachers in public or private schools. Space is limited to 20 so send your RSVP soon. We hope to see you in July!

Saint Louis County
Department of Health
6121 N. Hanley Rd.
Berkeley, MO 63134

RSVP to Margaret Lilly:

(314) 615-8957


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