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Recycling and Wetlands Programs

The following programs are offered FREE to all BCSC schools through a sponsorship by the Bartholomew County Solid Waste Management District.

*Transportation is at no cost when using BCSC school buses.

To schedule a program, please contact Jessica Norcross at 812-376-2614 office or email

Recycling Programs

Offered year-round, Recycling Programs are available for Preschool and up. The maximum number of students per program is 50.

  • Where does garbage go after it is thrown away? Students discover that our planet’s resources are limited and that it is important to conserve them. Students have an opportunity to learn about what they can do to help by sorting garbage for recycling.

    Indiana State Standards
    Science Standards:
    K.PS.1      Plan and conduct an investigation using all senses to describe and classify different kinds of objects by their composition and physical properties. Explain these choices to others and generate questions about   the objects.
    K.PS.2      Identify and explain possible uses for an object based on its properties and compare these uses with other students’ ideas.

    Social Studies Standards:
    K.3.7 Environment and Society: Recommend ways that people can improve their environment at home, in school and in the neighborhood.

  • Students discover why it is important to reduce waste and how they can help through the 3-Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This includes hands-on sorting of garbage for recycling.

    Indiana State Standards:
    Science Standards:
    1.ESS.4       Develop solutions that could be implemented to reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
    K-2.E.1       Pose questions, make observations, and obtain information about a situation people want to change. Use this data to define a simple problem that can be solved through the construction of a new or improved object or tool.

    Social Studies Standards:
    1.3.9 Give examples of natural resources found locally and describe how people in the school and community use these resources.

  • Students discuss how recycling is important to the health of the environment and how recycling occurs at home and in nature.

    Indiana State Standards
    Science Standards:
    1.LS.2       Develop a model mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Explore how those external parts could solve a human problem.
    2.PS.1       Plan and conduct an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties.
    2.ESS.3    Investigate how wind or water change the shape of the land and design solutions for prevention.


Wetlands Programs

Landfill/Wetlands Programs are available for students Grades 3-6.  These programs are offered seasonally, mid-March through mid-October. The maximum number of students per program is 50.  Limited dates available.  Call today!

  • Collect life in the wetlands and classify it to identify the specimens and appreciate the diversity in this unique ecosystem. Dissect an owl pellet to experience the cycle of life as never before. Learn about the food chain that allows these critters to survive.

    Supports Nature of Science & Next Generation of Science Standards (3-5)

    Indiana State Standards
    Science Standards:
    5.ESS.3      Investigate ways individual communities within the United States protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
    5.LS.1         Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
    5.LS.2        Observe and classify common Indiana organisms as producers, consumers, decomposers, or predator and prey based on their relationships and interactions with other organisms in their ecosystem.
    6.LS.1        Investigate and describe how homeostasis is maintained as living things seek out their basic needs of food, water, shelter, space, and air.
    6.LS.2        Describe the role of photosynthesis in the flow of energy in food chains, energy pyramids, and food webs. Create diagrams to show how the energy in animals’ food used for bodily processes was once energy from the sun.
    6.LS.3        Describe specific relationships (predator/prey, consumer/producer, parasite/host) and symbiotic relationships between organisms. Construct an explanation that predicts why patterns of interactions develop between organisms in an ecosystem.

    Social Studies Standards:
    6.3.13 Explain the impact of humans on the physical environment in Europe and the Americas.

  • Explore the wetlands, discovering the microorganisms living in the water. Through collection of specimens, discover how these organisms are indicators of pollution. Also, learn how to determine the health of our wetlands through a series of scientific investigations.

    Indiana State Standards
    Science Standards:
    4.LS.1       Observe, analyze, and interpret how offspring are very much, but not exactly, like their parents or one another. Describe how these differences in physical characteristics among individuals in a population may be advantageous for survival and reproduction.
    4.LS.2       Use evidence to support the explanation that a change in the environment may result in a plant or animal will survive and reproduce, move to a new location, or die.

    Next Generation Science Standards:
    3-L S4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well and some cannot survive at all.