If you look around you will
notice plastic cups, newspapers and soda cans collected around storm drains,
blown into corners of buildings, parking lots and school yards, and in
and around waterways. If we are to have a clean environment, sometimes
it means that we have to do our part. This activity gives instructions
for organizing a clean-up in and around your adopted waterway.
This activity should be done at least 4 times during the school year.
The Week Before:
1. Scout out the area your students will be cleaning up to define the clean-up boundaries and to become familiar with the area.
2. Give students permission forms to take home to parents.
3. Get trash bags from the Stormwater Quality Office
4. Find parent helpers
The Day Before
1. Make sure everyone has signed permission slips.
2. Divide students into teams of 3 (assign one student to write down items they find for the scavenger hunt).
3. Review purpose of the Clean-up Treasure Hunt. Explain that they will be cleaning up the watershed and the waterway that your class has adopted. Clean-ups are a very important way of maintaining and improving water quality and habitat.
4. Remind students to bring a pair of work gloves to school for the clean-up.
1. Pass out scavenger hunt and discuss it.
2. Pass out 2 plastic garbage bags per group. In one, they should put recyclable items, in the other trash.
3. Remind students to be careful when picking up broken glass. Tell them they should not pick up anything that looks dangerous or harmful.
After Clean-up Discussion
1. Discuss what trashy treasures students found on the clean-up.
2. Ask students how they felt about the clean-up activity.
Did they like it?
What did they find out about the area around the waterway?
What are some things they can
do to help reduce the amount of trash found in the watershed and in/near
City of Boulder Water Resource
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