The Waste Trac Education Team partners with a variety of governmental agencies, non-profits, coalitions, universities, libraries, and cities to provide public programs and educational opportunities for county residents of all ages. We hope you can join in the fun!
Online Calendar of Events
Check out the selected public events below or visit the calendar of events for a full listing of Waste Trac Education Team public outreach opportunities, spring and fall drop-off events, monthly Solid Waste Management Commission Meetings, and landfill holiday closures.
*Youth and adult educational programs may be scheduled with specific schools or groups, but are not listed on this calendar. Please contact the Waste Trac Education Team to inquire about scheduling with your group.
Upcoming Public Programs
The Waste Trac Education Team is excited for these up upcoming public programs and educational opportunities!
Holiday Themed “Trash to Treasures” Craft Activities at Local Libraries
America Recycles Day takes place annually on November 15 to recognize the benefits of recycling, while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – all throughout the year.
In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Waste Trac Education Team is joining forces with Green Iowa AmeriCorps to provide “Trash to Treasures” repurposing programs at several local libraries! Stop in and make fall & holiday crafts from junk! Make pumpkins from sheet music, transform jigsaw puzzle pieces into holiday decorations and reuse strange junk items in creative ways. The activities are suitable for crafters ages K- 8th, but adults are welcome as well. These library programs will be open house style so drop in to make one craft or stay for the whole time and do all the age appropriate projects! No registration required.
Programs will take place:
- November 8th from 2:00- 4:00 PM at the Hudson Public Library
- November 15th from 3:30- 5:30 PM at Hawkins Memorial Library in La Porte City
- November 16th from 3:30- 5:30 PM at the Dunkerton Public Library
Information about these events can also be found on the Waste Trac Education Team’s Facebook page! Click on the “events” tab to view listings for each event or to add them to your Facebook calendar.
A PRACTICAL BACKYARD TOUR of Cedar Falls & Waterloo!
Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at various locations
Then, join us at SingleSpeed Brewing (325 Commercial Street, Waterloo) at 1:30 PM for the prize drawing featuring a 55-gallon rain barrel, an Earth Machine compost bin, & potted baby trees. Must be present to win!
- FREE tours are open to the public. No pre-registration required!
- Receive 1 EXTRA prize drawing ticket when you log into Facebook by 3pm on June 16th to RSVP. Simply click “Going” on the Waste Trac Education Team’s Facebook event post!
- On the day of the event, sign a waiver at your first stop. Receive one ticket at EACH site that you visit, then enter the prize drawing! The more locations you visit, the better your chances are of winning!
This event is sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition in partnership with the SingleSpeed Brewing, the Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, City of Waterloo, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, NE Iowa Food Bank, Waste Trac Education Team and Cedar Falls Seed Library.
Visit these creative, sustainable backyards & green spaces at your own pace and in any order:
The Water Quality Property
1475 Laurel Circle, Cedar Falls
Permeable paver driveways and rain gardens can help manage stormwater runoff and beautify a property. Check out how this residence is treating 100% of the rain on their property in style and how you can do the same for your home.
Strike it Rich…With Black Gold
126 Home Park Blvd, Waterloo
Two styles of composting at this stop: backyard composting & indoor composting using the power of 1,000 redworms! See how banana peels & coffee grounds are turned into black gold and how compost tea is used in the vegetable garden.
Condo Community with Considerable Conservation
5300 Block of Meadowlark Lane, Cedar Falls
This is a one stop shop for backyard sustainability. Talk with the homeowner at 5317 Meadowlark Lane about tackling water issues with a bioswale, as well as greening up their properties with tree plantings, community garden, three staged composter, bluebird houses, and much more.
Save, Swap, Share! Tips for Seed Saving
Cedar Falls Seed Library, at Cedar Falls Library,
524 Main Street, Cedar Falls
Come & see how the Cedar Falls Seed Library works, what it offers, and how you can join! There will be a demonstration on how to harvest, save, and store the seeds from your own garden.
Parking lot…to Urban Garden!
NE Iowa Food Bank, 1605 Lafayette St., Waterloo
Stop by the food bank garden and learn about Broad Forks, no-till, berm style planting, and small-scale greenhousing!
Pavers & Prairie
Operation Threshold, 1535 Lafayette St., Waterloo
This site features a commercial application of permeable pavement for stormwater management. There will also be an opportunity to view native turf (that needs no mowing!) and a rain garden full of wildflowers at an adjacent property.
Summer Science at Hawkins Memorial Library
308 Main St. La Porte City, IA 50651
Monday, June 19
1:00-2:00 PM (Grades Preschool-2nd)
2:30-3:30 PM (Grades 3rd-5th)
Cost: Free; No registration required
- Children are immersed in hands-on STEM activities about composting worms. Read a story, use a hand magnifier or microscope, discover what these creatures eat, and explore the wacky world of Vermicomposting!
Build a Better World Summer Reading Program at the Dunkerton Public Library
203 E Tower St, Dunkerton, IA 50626
Monday, July 10
PreK – Middle School
Cost: Free; No registration required
- Learn all about garbage and landfills! After reading the story “I Stink!” by Kate and Jim McMullen, check out the tabletop landfill model and toy garbage trucks too. Discover the difference between modern landfills and old style dumps, find out what is going into Iowa landfills, learn the basics of how a landfill is constructed, and more!
Build a Better World Summer Reading Program at Hawkins Memorial Library
Trash to Treasures – Recycled Critter Homes Program
308 Main St. La Porte City, IA 50651
Tuesday, July 18
Preschool – 5th grade
Cost: Free, No registration required
- Learn about recycling, then get creative using materials like old buttons, lids, trinkets, items from nature, AND your imagination to build a Toad Abode, Gnome Home, Fairy House, or hideaway for your favorite tiny creature.
“That’s DISGUSTING! Camp” for Hartman Reserve Nature Center
Check-in at BH County Conservation Board Administrative office (1346 West Airline Hwy, Waterloo, IA 50703)
Wednesday, July 19 – Friday, July 21st
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (daily)
Cost: $85 per child/pre-paid (with registration/medical forms submitted)
$100 per child/walk-in (on the day of the program)
**Please call the day BEFORE to see if camp is full before ‘walking in’. Only 15 spots available – sign up now!
- Dive into the world of all things slimy, stinky, and disgusting! Jump into the Hartman vans and hit the road and travel to the disgusting adventures that await us in the Cedar Valley. Explore wetlands, hold slimy tadpoles, watch the compactor smash stinky garbage at the landfill, make edible scat, take a whiff at the waste water treatment plant, and enjoy tons of other gross adventures!”
More details, fee information, and registration forms can be found at: http://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Black-Hawk/Park/Hartman-Reserve-Nature-Center/Events/9813/Thats-DISGUSTING-Camp-Ages-8-12.aspx