The Waste Trac Education Team and Green Iowa AmeriCorps Sustainable Schools team partner 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!
A PRACTICAL BACKYARD TOUR of Waterloo & Cedar Falls!
- Saturday, June 19 from 10 AM – 1 PM at various locations in Waterloo & Cedar Falls
- Add this event to your Facebook Calendar
Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition & community partners are proud to present “A Practical Backyard Tour” of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. Homeowners and organizations will be opening up their green spaces and backyards to share various sustainable and Earth-friendly practices! Visit 6 creative, sustainable backyards and green spaces at your own pace and in any order. Tours will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM – 1 PM.
Tour sites will highlight topics such as: rain gardens, solar panels, pollinator gardens, seed saving, raised beds, composting, vegetable production, pesticide-free lawns, edible garden weeds, bird friendly conservation, rain barrels, swift towers, and beekeeping!
This educational event is FREE and open to the public. (However a $3 donation to the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition is suggested and greatly appreciated).
A LIVE Virtual Prize Drawing will be hold on Monday, June 21st at 3:00 PM on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Facebook Page.
Before the Tour:
Print a brochure
Participants should print a backyard tour brochure with event details, tour addresses, location map, brief site descriptions, and the list of prizes. This brochure can also be found on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Facebook page. The committee suggests that you pick your 3-4 favorite sites, as you will not be able to make it to all of the sites on the tour.
Highway 20 road construction
As you plan which sites you’d like to visit and the route you plan to travel, please note: Highway 20 Eastbound is currently under construction. Exit ramps are closed at Highway 63, Ansborough Ave, and Highway 21.
Enter the Registration Drawing:
Although pre-registration is not required, participants can be entered into a special Facebook registration drawing. To be entered, log into Facebook before 3:00 PM on June 17th and click “Going” or “Interested” on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Facebook event: “A Practical Backyard Tour”. A special thank you to SingleSpeed Brewing for providing the $20 gift certificate for this drawing. This drawing will take place on Monday, June 21 during the LIVE Virtual Prize Drawing at 3:00 PM on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Facebook Page.
On the Day of the Event:
Sign a waiver
Start at any location you want. Check in with the site greeter at the welcome table. At your first stop, you will sign your participation waiver for the day. Visit other locations in any order that you choose. We suggest you pick your 3-4 favorite sites, as you will not be able to make it to all of the sites on the tour.
Get a ticket for the drawing
At each site you visit on June 19, you’ll receive a ticket for the prize drawing. Write your name AND phone number on your ticket. Put that ticket in the prize jars at that location. Repeat at each tour site you visit for more chances to win. The virtual prize drawing will be held on June 21.
Fill out a survey
Let the committee know about your experiences during the tour! Fill out and return your survey at your last tour location. Everyone that turns in a completed survey will be entered into a survey drawing for a $20 SingleSpeed Brewing gift certificate.
Click on the tab below for event locations:
Virtual Facebook LIVE Prize Drawing on June 21:
Virtual Prize Drawing
Join the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition for a Facebook LIVE event at 3pm on June 21 as door prize winners are announced. Tune in LIVE on the HCVC’s Facebook page (or watch later).
– A 55-gallon Systern rain barrel from the Waste Trac Education Team
– $50 gift certificate from Wapsie Pines Lawn Care and Landscaping
– Rain garden plant package from the City of Waterloo Engineering Department
– DIY Energy & Water Eco Pack
– Energy Saver Kit from Green Iowa AmeriCorps
– Umbrella clothesline from Green Iowa AmeriCorps
– Rain barrel convertor kit from the City of Cedar Falls Engineering Department
Although pre-registration is not required, participants that indicate they are attending “A Practical Backyard Tour” before the event will be entered into this registration drawing. To enter, click “Going” or “Interested” on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s “A Practical Backyard Tour” Facebook event by 3:00 PM on June 17 to be entered into a drawing for a $20 SingleSpeed Brewing gift certificate.
Let the committee know about your experiences during the tour! Fill out and return your survey at your last tour location. Everyone that turns in a completed survey will be entered into a drawing for a $20 SingleSpeed Brewing gift certificate.
A Practical Backyard Tour Sponsors:
The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition is a large group of community organizations and individuals that have come together to improve the health of our community through outreach and education.
“A Practical Backyard Tour” is sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Sustainability Theme Group in partnership with Black Hawk County Master Gardeners, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, North Cedar Neighborhood Association, Prairie Rapids Audubon Society, Cedar Falls Seed Library, City of Waterloo, City of Cedar Falls, Good Neighbor Iowa, Waste Trac Education Team, Black Hawk County Conservation, Wapsie Pines Lawn Care & Landscaping and SingleSpeed Brewing.
“Red, White, and Glue !” Camp with the Waterloo Center for the Arts
- Tuesday, June 22nd – Thursday, June 24th from 9 AM – 12 PM
Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps and the Waste Trac Education Team for an upcycled art camp to create patriotic arts, crafts, games, and decorations. Crafts will include bug vacuums, luminaries, milk jug yard games, and more!
Registration required by June 15th through the Waterloo Center for the Arts.