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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!

 

 

Winter 2019

 

Community Conservation Workshop

Community Conservation Workshop

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This FREE workshop will provide information for homeowners on ways to save money while being more energy and resource efficient in and around the home.

 

Thursday, February 28th
at the Waterloo Center for the Arts
(225 Commercial St, Waterloo – Peterson Town Hall Room)

Social Hour (6:00pm-6:30pm)
Presentations (6:30-8:30 PM), with a prize drawing to follow
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From your furnace to your yard, there are many ways energy, soil, water, trees, plants, and even food waste can be used more economically. Bring your questions and talk with local experts. Topics covered will include home energy audits, proper chemical disposal, composting, soil quality, native prairie, tree management, rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavement, renewable energy, LED light conversion, funding sources for your home projects, and more.

Refreshments will be served during the social hour (6:00pm-6:30pm) and will provide an opportunity to chat with presenters and view their informational booths. The evening will conclude with FREE prize drawing to win a rain barrel, home energy kit, or native prairie kit (must be present to win). For additional information please contact Josh Balk at (319) 296-3262 Ext. 3 or Joshua.Balk@ia.nacdnet.net

This workshop is sponsored by the Black Hawk County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cedar Falls Seed Library, City of Cedar Falls, City of Waterloo, Good Neighbor Iowa, Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Rainscaping Iowa, UNI Tallgrass Prairie Center, and the Waste Trac Education Team throughout the evening.

 

 

Spring & Summer 2019

 

Composting 101 Workshops

Want to turn kitchen scraps into beautiful compost? Learn 3 ways to achieve black gold:

  • Backyard Composting (3 bin, Earth Machines, Tumblers)
  • Vermicomposting (Indoor Composting with Redworms)
  • Bokashi Indoor Composting (Fermentation)

Join Green Iowa AmeriCorps Land & Water Stewards and the Waste Trac Education Team for one of these fun, free  composting workshops, with two dates to choose from:

 

Composting WorkshopsMonday, May 6th at 7 PM
at Single Speed Brewing
(325 Commercial St., Waterloo – Party Room)
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Tuesday, May 7th at 7 PM
at the Cedar Falls Library
(524 Main St., CF– CoLab Maker Space, 2nd Floor)
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No registration is required. There is no cost to attend. For more information, contact the Waste Trac Education Team at 266-8722. Speakers Coordinated by Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.

 

 

A PRACTICAL BACKYARD TOUR of Waterloo & Cedar Falls!

 

"A Practical Backyard Tour" on June 15th, 2019Save the Date: Saturday, June 15th!

Tours from 10 AM – 1 PM
at various locations in Waterloo & Cedar Falls

Finale and Prize Drawing at 1:30 PM
Single Speed Brewing
(325 Commercial St., Waterloo – Party Room)
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The Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition & community partners are proud to present “A Practical Backyard Tour” of Cedar Falls & Waterloo. Organizations and homeowners will be opening up their green spaces and backyards to share various sustainable and Earth-friendly practices! Visit several creative, sustainable backyards and green spaces at your own pace and in any order. This educational event is FREE and open to the public!

Tours will take place (rain or shine) on Saturday, June 15 from 10 AM – 1 PM at various locations (coming soon).

Then, join us for the finale and prize drawing at 1:30 PM at SingleSpeed Brewing (325 Commercial Street, Waterloo) 

  • No pre-registration required, however…
  • Receive 1 EXTRA prize drawing ticket when you log into Facebook by 3pm on June 14th to RSVP. Simply click “Going” on the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’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 them into prize drawing at the finale! The more locations you visit, the better your chances are of winning!
  • The prize drawing will feature several great Earth friendly prizes. Must be present to win!

The event is sponsored by the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition’s Sustainability Theme Group in partnership with Green Iowa AmeriCorps, Land and Water Stewards AmeriCorps, Black Hawk County Soil & Water Conservation District, Dry Run Creek Watershed Improvement Project, City of Waterloo, City of Cedar Falls, Waste Trac Education Team, Cedar Falls Seed Library, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, Hartman Reserve Nature Center, Black Hawk County Conservation, Good Neighbor Iowa, & SingleSpeed Brewing.

 

For more details, download the tour brochure and event poster (both are coming soon!)
OR     
contact the Waste Trac Education Team at 319-266-8722.

 

 

Summer Camp Partnership with Hartman Reserve Nature Center

The Waste Trac Education Team partners with Hartman Reserve Nature Center to provide a variety of youth summer camps. Program details, fee information, and registration forms can be found at: BlackHawkCountyParks.com

 

 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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