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Public Programs

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!


Public Programs with the Waste Trac Education TeamOnline 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!



Fall 2017

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.

Trash to Treasures Public Programs

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:

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.


Summer 2017

A PRACTICAL BACKYARD TOUR of Cedar Falls & Waterloo!

A Practical Backyard Tour

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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.

For more details, contact the Waste Trac Education Team at 319-266-8722, download the 2017 Backyard Tour flier OR


Summer Science at Hawkins Memorial Library

2017 Summer Science Program308 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
2:00-3:00 PM
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

2017 Summer Library Reading ProgramTrash to Treasures – Recycled Critter Homes Program
308 Main St. La Porte City, IA 50651
Tuesday, July 18
6:00-7:00 PM
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)
Ages 8-12
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


 Scrap metal tour during public programs with the Waste Trac Education Team.Landfill tour during public programs with the Waste Trac Education Team.

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