Keep Austin Beautiful encourages you to clean, beautify, and educate right where you are!

We understand the need for continued learning, awareness, and action during this ever-changing time and are doing our best to adapt programming to accommodate out-of-school settings, multi-age levels, and group sizes. Our team is working diligently to create fun and engaging activities for every student and adult to do at home.

We will be updating this page often, and adding new resources like videos and lesson plans for you to enjoy. Sign up here to receive our special updates and announcements

Free Online Workshops

Join us for one of our free, Generation Zero Online workshops where we discover what makes up our waste-stream and learn how to sort our recycling, trash, and compost! This is a family-friendly event but will be geared toward a middle school-age youth audience.

Free, Interactive Summer Programming

This summer we are offering free, TEKS-aligned Generation Zero Waste programming to your campers.

Generation Zero Waste is a free, award-winning youth education program offered in partnership with Austin Resource Recovery. The program engages K-12 students in fun, interactive activities which raise awareness about recycling, composting, and conservation while giving students simple solutions for reducing their waste.

This summer we are offering the following programming:

Virtual Presentations with one of our Generation Zero Waste educators leading a lesson via Zoom:

  • Diversion Dash is a fun, interactive lesson where students learn how to properly sort commonly used household items between the recycling, the compost and the trash can. In this lesson students will virtually “dash” to sort the items in a friendly and informative online setting.
  • Waste by Numbers is an interactive lesson for youth to discover where their waste ends up and what categories of waste are currently in the landfill. With the use of virtual friendly tools students will be able to engage in fun ways throughout the lesson to discover where their waste should go instead of the land fill.

If these options don’t suit your programmatic needs, take a look at our lesson plans and educational video content below! Looking for a different curriculum? Use the Activity Kit request form here to receive any and all of our lesson plans for free (physical kits are currently unavailable for checkout).

Interested in learning more? Contact our Program Coordinator, Jacqueline Cirincione at jacqueline@keepaustinbeautiful.org.

TEKS-Aligned Curriculum & Outdoor Activities

Here you will find a collection of free resources available for you to use in your own space and with your own materials. These lessons are TEKS-aligned and have been adapted specifically for you to engage your youth right at home or in your own backyard!

Interested in a different topic? While our Activity Kits are currently unavailable, all of our curricula is available for free and upon request! If you are interested in receiving other curriculum, please let our education team know by filling out this form here.

(Click on an image below for the lesson plan.)

cardboard boxes flattened
Ready to Recycle
Upcycled Dog Toys
recycling
Recycle Relay
Waste by the Numbers
small plants in planters
Make Planters from Cans
waste in a landfill
Landfill Logic
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Outdoor Adventure
worms and dirt in pair of hands
Compost Critters
Biodiversity Quadrat
Loose Parts

Digital Toolkits

For those educators and parents looking to expand their library of environmental resources and activities, we have digital toolkits that combine technology and outdoor learning. These toolkits are perfect for providing hands-on activities close to home and around your neighborhood.

Generation Zero Waste Toolkit
Clean Creek Campus Toolkit

Interactive Videos

Learn along with us as we explore how we can all become a Zero Waste Champion!

AISD Online Learning Resources

The Austin Independent School District has created a learning-at-home website, complete with educational courses and activities for students at every grade level. Available in English and Spanish.
AISD Learning-At-Home
AISD Free Online Resources

Apps

Below is a list of apps that you can use to explore the world around you! If there are any applications that you have found to be awesome in the classroom that are not on this list please let us know.

Plant and Animal Identification
  • iNaturalist – Record your outdoor observations, share with fellow naturalists, and discuss your findings
  • PlantSnap – Snap pictures and identify local plants and flowers
  • Audubon Bird Guide –  Go birdwatching with a trusty field guide of more than 800 species of North American fowl
Sustainability
Ecology
  • Texas Invasives – Become a citizen scientist by submitting invasive species observations directly into the Texasinvasives.org statewide database from your mobile device
  • Science Journal – Catalog all of your unique sights, sounds, and observations in nature
  • Night Sky App – Identify stars, planets, and constellations