Keep Austin Beautiful’s Activity Kits are a 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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