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Worms: Nature’s Recyclers

Educators can schedule a classroom lesson with BRING (available in Lane County only) to help students explore a natural recycling process known as vermicomposting. Using the book “Diary of a Worm” as their guide, learners discover the essential role played by worms in decomposing organic materials and transforming them into valuable nutrients that nurture new life.

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Design for Circularity

Educators can schedule a classroom lesson with BRING (available in Lane County only) or download a lesson plan for self-guided instruction to help students examine our current “linear economy” to engage with sustainable design and “circular economy” concepts. Students develop an understanding of designing for circularity through real-world examples and explore the “green jobs” market in the growing sector of the “green economy.”

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Trace the Trash

Educators can schedule a classroom lesson with BRING (available in Lane County only) or download a lesson plan for self-guided instruction to help students examine the origins of materials found in everyday products and the stages of a product’s lifecycle. They learn how these items come into existence, sustainable options for these products when they’re done using them, and how their choices can make a difference in reducing waste and saving natural resources.

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The Resourceful ‘R’s

Educators can schedule a classroom lesson with BRING (available in Lane County only) or download a lesson plan for self-guided instruction to help students investigate the waste management hierarchy, gain insights into product lifecycles, and discover practical ways to employ the “Six Rs” in their daily lives. Students are equipped to make informed choices that benefit themselves and the planet’s well-being.

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Short Mountain Landfill

Educators can schedule a field trip with BRING (available in Lane County only) to visit Short Mountain Landfill, just five miles from Eugene. Worldwide, landfills are the most common form of waste disposal. For Lane County’s garbage, Short Mountain landfill is the final destination for much of our stuff when it doesn’t always have to be. Students learn about the importance of “reduce, reuse and recycle” as it relates to Short Mountain and how to make better choices about what we throw away. Note: Educators outside of Lane County or Lane County educators with scheduling challenges can download the accompanying field trip lesson plan, which includes a link to a “virtual field trip.”

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Lane County Transfer Station

Educators can schedule a field trip with BRING (available in Lane County only) to visit Glenwood Transfer Station in Eugene. Transfer stations are vital parts of the waste management system. These facilities help transfer waste from where we generate waste to landfills. Transfer stations provide opportunities to recycle electronics, dispose of hazardous waste, and throw away items that do not fit in curbside roll carts or dumpsters at home. Students on this tour see these scenes and more. Note: Educators outside of Lane County or Lane County educators with scheduling challenges can download the accompanying field trip lesson plan, which includes a link to a “virtual field trip.”

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BRING Planet Improvement Center

Educators can schedule a field trip with BRING (available in Lane County only) to tour BRING’s Planet Improvement Center, Oregon’s first combination reuse store and conservation learning center. Students learn about the lifecycle of stuff, see a wide selection of salvaged building materials on sale or made into upcycled artwork, and are inspired to think about materials differently. Virtual tours are available if needed. Note: Educators outside of Lane County or Lane County educators with scheduling challenges can download the accompanying field trip lesson plan, which includes a link to a “virtual field trip.”

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From Plate to Planet

Educators can schedule a classroom lesson with BRING (available in Lane County only) or download a lesson plan for self-guided instruction to help students learn about food waste and the vast resources required for food production, developing an understanding of the interconnectedness of the food system and responsible consumption.

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Using Thrust, Weight & Control: Rocket Me into Space

This lesson reinforces rockets as a vehicle that helps us explore outside the Earth’s atmosphere (that is, to move without air) by employing the principles described in Newton’s third law of motion.

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Introduction to Water Chemistry

Students are presented with examples of the types of problems that environmental engineers solve, specifically focusing on water quality issues. Topics include the importance of clean water, freshwater scarcity, tap water contamination sources, and ways environmental engineers treat contaminated water.