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Summer Fun

Environmental learning doesn’t have to end on the last day of school! Kids who want to learn about our natural world, and how to help it, can take part in fun summer camps and programs.

Eco Camps
We partner with local parks departments to offer summer camps for young explorers. Pierce County Parks & Recreation features the Eco Explorers Adventure Camps from June to August. And new this year is the EcoGarden camp with PenMet Parks. All of our camps tie together lessons about waste reduction and how to be a responsible human and have fun while exploring the great outdoors. Camp prices, age ranges and locations vary. 

Summer Reading Program at Pierce County Library 
The theme of this year’s summer reading program is music. How are we connecting music to waste reduction? With DIY upcycled musical instruments! Kids will learn about the resources used to make common recyclable items and have some hands-on time with our own upcycled instruments. These programs are free and suitable for ages 5-12. Locations vary. For more info, look for our Trash to Treasured Musical Instruments program.

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Star Students

Narrows View Intermediate School in University Place earned Gold Level certification for Transportation from Washington Green Schools! Narrows View was previously certified in the Waste Reduction and Recycling and School Grounds categories. Washington Green Schools is a nonprofit organization that provides a system of support for school communities to achieve their sustainability goals

Michele Gaffney, Narrows View’s Green Club Advisor, was also awarded a Green Medal Teacher Award for her dedication in helping the students of Narrows View achieve their sustainability goal of more students choosing to walk, bike or carpool to school. Michele supports the Green Club in monitoring and managing the school’s recycling program.

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Get caught
Recycling Tips for the Classroom

The end of the school year is here and it's time to clean out your locker, office or classroom.

Help keep paper out of the trash and avoid contamination by following a few guidelines:

  • Sort plastics by shape. Refer to our reminder list for help.
  • Recycle the right things. Take apart manuals and kits to recycle the paper. Toss plastic covers, binding or foam padding in the garbage.
  • Avoid “wishcycling.” Just because it seems like it should be recyclable doesn’t mean it is. Find recycling options for things that don't belong in the recycling cart at piercecountywa.gov/recyclemenu.

Learning Opportunities

Edible Gardens Workshops

Classes in June and July: Container Gardening; Fruit, Nuts & Berries; Your Summer Garden: Vegetables & Herbs; Garden Bugs & Disease; Fall & Winter Gardening
Register at piercecountywa.gov/ediblegardens



Saturday, June 23: Pierce County Master Gardener Workshop—From the Ground and Up

Sat/Sun, June 23–24: Northwest Trek—Slugfest

Monday, July 9: UWT—RAIN's Superheroes of Science Lecture Series

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