Keep Austin Beautiful’s Activity Kits are an educational way for parents, educators, and community groups to bring environmental education to students of all ages. Activity Kits are available and FREE to everyone, and with 10+ different options, are sure to provide a unique way for students to learn about the world around them. They are also a great way to supplement service learning projects.
What is an Activity Kit?
Each Activity Kit is a lesson in a box. Each kit is stocked with supplies and an easy-to-follow lesson plan, in addition to background information and all the supplies needed to complete the hands-on activities. As an added perk, participants who complete a service project and an Activity Kit lesson earn an “I Keep Austin Beautiful” patch!
What types of Activity Kits are available?
We have 10+ Activity Kits that are sure to keep students entertained!
- Outdoor Adventure — Activities to complement a nature hike and raise awareness of the outdoors including birding and wildflower identification.
- Wildlife Tracking — Recognize common animals living in Austin watersheds by exploring their habitat, tracks, scat and photos. Make your own track with included track molds.
- Tree-mendous Trees — Discover common tree species growing in Austin and the many ways people utilize trees in their everyday lives.
- Seedballs — Beautify a local school or park while learning the value of planting natives by making seed balls with clay, soil, and native seeds.
- Loose Parts — Explore your creative side with this collection of natural materials that are designed for unstructured outdoor play. Use your imagination to build a variety of structures.
- Insect Investigation — Collect, observe, and identify insects and their characteristics, identify the various stages of an insect’s lifecycle, and explore the role of bugs in garden and compost piles.
- Soil Science — Investigate the soil under our feet, its composition, and how soil affects plant health.
- Watershed Model — Find the watershed you live in, identify pollutants that affect it, and how you can take action to protect it.
- Litter Lifeline — Discover how long common litter items take to decompose in our environment.
- Aquatic Bugs — Explore the physical and chemical characteristics of a healthy waterway with this field kit for both basic chemical water testing and aquatic bug exploration.
Generation Zero Waste – sponsored by Austin Resource Recovery
- Recycle Relay — Practice sorting trash and discover what makes up our waste-stream with this recycling relay game.
- Compost Critters – Get up close and personal with a working worm bin and discover just how compost is made.
- Landfill Logic – Compare and contrast characteristics of waste, what’s in our trash, and how trash is processed in a landfill while building mini landfill models.
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