School Workshops

We provide free workshops for Mission and Abbotsford schools. Workshops can be held within your school or at our Abbotsford Depot location. Field trips are only available from the beginning of February to the end of November.

Please see the form below to request a presentation.

Main Workshops

The workshops listed below are educational classes centered around environmental issues, composting, and waste reduction. Offered to all students from pre-K to grade 12.

Pre-K Sort

Familiarizes students with sorting waste and identifying the difference between recycling, garbage, and compost.

Best suited for students in pre-school.
30 minutes in class, not offered as a field trip.

Recycling Basics

Teaches students about the 3Rs of waste reduction and curbside recycling in Abbotsford and Mission. Students learn about what happens to their recycling and what it gets made into.

Best suited for kindergarten to grade 4.
45 min—1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour field trip.*

Climate Change Basics

 Teaches students about the basics of climate change and how it affects us and our local environment

Best suited for grade 2 to grade 12.
1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour field trip.*

Waste of Space

Students are challenged with the problems associated with a society that creates too much garbage. They must come up with solutions using the 3R’s—Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Best suited for grade 4 to grade 12.
1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour field trip*.

Floods, Fires, & Drought, Oh My!

Students are challenged with local environmental issues and how they affect our daily lives. They will brainstorm and explore ways to help mitigate these disasters.

Best suited for grade 4 to grade 12.
1 hour in class only.

Pollution & Conservation

Students will learn about pollution, finite resource consumption, and how we can mitigate these effects by making a few small changes in our daily lives.

Best suited for grade 4 to grade 12.
1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour field trip*.

Ready, Set, Compost

Students learn the basics of backyard composting through activities and an interactive presentation.

Best suited for grade 2 to grade 7.
1 hour in class, 1 1/2 hour field trip*.

Companion Workshops

The workshops listed below are “companion workshops.” They are offered to classes that have completed one of the “main” workshops:
Paper Making

Students learn how to make new paper from old—they actually do the recycling!

Best suited for grade 2 to grade 7.
1 hour field trip workshop. Not offered to classrooms.

Waste Audit

How much of your garbage is actually garbage? Let’s find out by going through the classroom garbage bin!

Best suited for grade 4 to grade 12.
1 hour in class, not offered as a field trip.

Worm Composting

Students learn first-hand how to make a worm bin for the classroom, maintenance, and resolve common issues. Worms and bin provided; students encouraged to bring newspaper from home to use as bedding material.

Best suited for grade 2 to grade 7.
1 hour in class; not offered as a field trip

Backyard Composting

Students learn how to start a backyard compost at home, proper maintenance, and resolve common issues.

Best suited for grade 1 to grade 7.
30 min in class or field trip.

Biodiversity Bombs

Students will discover how to recycle and reuse scrap paper to create “bombs” full of native wildflower seeds that can be thrown into a garden, planter, or greenspace.

Best suited for grade 1 to grade 7.
1 hour in class; not offered as a field trip.

*Field trips are available from the beginning of February to the end of November

Middle School and High School

The following above workshops are recommended for students grade 6 to grade 12:

  • Ready, Set, Compost!
  • Climate Change Basics
  • Waste of Space
  • Pollution & Conservation
  • Floods, Fires, & Drought, Oh My!

For more information about the School Education Program, please contact us.

Workshop Inquiry

Please give a few date preferences. Bookings are made on a first-come-first-served basis.