Recycling is a great project for Girl Scout’s to undertake and a delight to teach. The foundation is education about the importance of being good stewards of the earth. From there leaders have a smorgasbord of activities to reinforce the learning. The trick is to develop an attitude of fun with the necessity of recycling. Here are some free online environmental resources to build a strong foundation and spark the imagination.
Recycle City (http://www.epa.gov/recyclecity/) was created by the EPA. In addition to basic recycling information, it contains a game which highlights the importance of recycling.
Benefits-of-Recycling (www.benefits-of-recycling.com) provides good basic information about recycling. It includes information about the need to recycle, directions for what to recycle, and how to get started.
Earth Buddies (http://library.thinkquest.org/06aug/00442/index1.htm ) is a website sponsored by S.E.E.K. created by students for students. In addition to educational and activity components, this group issues a challenge and provides tools to become earth friendly.
Earth Day Network (www.earthday.org) is a wealth of information. It contains a footprint calculator which measures an individual’s impact on the earth.
One of best sites is The Imagination Factory (www.kid-at-art.com). This site is where recycling meets art. It is fun, educational, and inspiring. It includes a Scout Badge Matcher which helps connect projects to particular Girl Scout Badges and a Trash Matcher which connects throw away materials with a project.
These are rich resources which will help Scout leaders find interesting and fun ways to teach and to do recycling. Happy Recycling!!!
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