Teaching youth about urban ecology and our natural environment and guiding them in outdoor exploration is easy with Activity Kits stocked with supplies and an easy-to-follow lesson plan. Kits are available for checkout at no cost, the activity kits come with an easy-to-follow lesson plan, background information, and all the supplies needed to complete the hands-on activities. As an added perk, youth who complete a service project after participating in an Activity Kit lesson may earn an “I Keep Austin Beautiful” patch!
To request an Activity Kit, simply complete the Activity Kit Request Form. We’ll confirm your reservation and pickup time (pickups & returns are Monday - Friday by appointment). Then you are all set to pick-up the Activity Kits from the Keep Austin Beautiful office. After your event, return the Activity Kits, complete a Report Form, and send photos to share your success
Activity Kit Topics
Litter be Gone - Realize the impact of litter on our waterways and environment. Make cultural interpretations by charting the kinds of litter found on a cleanup.
Watersheds - Find the watershed you live in, identify pollutants that affect it, and how you can take action to protect it.
What's in da Water (Aquatic Bugs) - Discover how plants and animals can be used to determine the “health” of a waterway.
What's in da Water (Chemistry) - Identify the physical and chemical characteristics of a healthy waterway and perform chemical tests to analyze the health of a particular waterway.
Beneficial Bugs - Discuss the role of beneficial bugs; collect, observe, and identify insects and their characteristics; and identify the various stages of an insect’s lifecycle.
A Day in the Lifecycle of a Bug - Define arthropod, invertebrate, insect, and arachnid. Learn basic insect anatomy and physiology. Identify unique characteristics on different species.
Mammal Tracking - Recognize common animals living in Austin watersheds by locating their habitat, tracks, scat and photos.
Get Clean Eco Friendly Cleaners - Describe the hazards of household chemicals and test less toxic alternatives to these products. Discuss urban forms of pollution and brainstorm ways to reduce chemical pollution.
Seed Balls - Beautify a local school or park while learning the value of planting native by making native seed balls.
Outdoor Adventure - Activities to compliment a nature hike and raise awareness of the outdoors including birding and wildflower identification.
Landfill Logic - Compare and contrast characteristics of waste, what’s in our trash, and how trash is processed in a landfill.
Diversion Dash - Take a journey through the recycling process.
Worm Wonders - Explore the science of composting and observe worms and other microbes.