Youth Education Program in Sustainability
At MUD, we believe that learning about sustainability shouldn’t just be for adults, so we created the Youth Education Program in Sustainability (YEP!). Our YEP! programs focus on school-based education that requires fewer resources than summer camps, yet provide learning to greater numbers of students. Teachers, after-school groups and other youth education programs frequently visit our site to volunteer and for lessons in resource sharing, papermaking, composting, gardening, alternative energy, and cider pressing throughout the year.
Experienced educators review MUD’s YEP! program annually, ensuring that the activities are engaging and that the lesson plans are standards-based, as well as helping us create simple scheduling and financial support for busing students to the MUD site.
MUD’s Youth Education Program in Sustainability educates Missoula-area students through fun, community-based sustainable living experiences, fostering an appreciation of these ideals and practices at an early age.
- Provide students and educators opportunities to build lasting awareness and understanding of community-based sustainable lifestyle choices.
- Use and make available sustainable living education materials that can be implemented in Missoula and beyond.
- Foster a commitment to the principle that our use of natural resources must be sustainable, both for ourselves and for future generations.
- Enable students to live in a sustainable manner, now and throughout their lives.
|Talking Trash||Backyard Ecology||Energy Options||Recycled Rhythms|
|Waste management, recycling and reusing||Backyard plants and animals/ Native Plants||Energy production, alternatives and tips||Making music with recyclable materials|
*Designed for grades 4-12
*Designed for all ages
|Additional Activity: Recycled Crafts (requires additional materials)||Note: Involves field trip to MUD site; some components of lesson can be offered in classrooms||Additional Activity: Pizza Box Solar Cookers (pizza boxes not included)|
Printable version of YEP! Overview.
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YEP! Scheduling Process
All YEP! programs are offered free of charge to Missoula-area education groups. Our objective is to provide lessons that compliment and enhance classroom curriculum offered by Missoula-area educators.
YEP! Offers three types of activities:
- In-Class Activities:
- Divided into Educational Trunks
- Trunks can be checked out by teachers for their in-class lesson planning.
- Current trunks include Recycled Rhythms, Talking Trash, and Energy Options.
- See the Education Trunks tab above for more information on our curriculum!
- Backyard Ecology:
- MUD Backyard Tour, presented by MUD staff at MUD Northside location (629 Phillips St.)
- Select activities and site tours are also available at the MUD Central location (1527 Wyoming St.) or at your location upon request.
- Offered April-October
- Select activities from our Education Trunks can be added to the Backyard Ecology Curriculum if desired (e.g. – solar cookers and recycled paper-making)
- Download and print our full Backyard Ecology Curriculum
- Service Projects:
- A great hands-on option, especially for older youth. Contact MUD to inquire about appropriate service projects for your group.
Schedule a YEP! Program or Field Trip
Please call the MUD Central Office at (406)721-7513 or email email@example.com if you’re interested in scheduling a trunk or a field trip.
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Sustainability Education Trunks
Sustainability Education Trunks are a great way to “unpack” a sustainability lesson right in your classroom. We’ve got all the tools you need, as well as handouts, instructions, and lesson plans to go with the activities. You can even have our YEP! Instructor present the trunk in your classroom. Check out our current trunks below!
Talk to your students about renewable vs. nonrenewable energy sources, where our energy comes from, what it does to our environment, and ways to conserve it! Topics and activities include:
Download the Energy Options Lesson Plan
Teach your students about decomposition, recycling, and composting in a lesson that uses trash to talk about sustainability! Topics and activities include:
Download the Talking Trash Lesson Plan
The Recycled Rhythms trunk provides a great way to teach sustainability through music. Download the Recycled Rhythms teaching materials below to use in your classroom: Recycled Rhythms Teacher Handout
Download the Recycled Rhythms Lesson Plan
Let us bring you a chicken! Transported in our state-of-the-art Chicken Chook Wagon, we can bring one of our lovely Dominique hens to your school or after school group, talk to your students about chicken etiquette, read them a chicken tale, and even squeeze in some chicken petting/feeding!
The Check-Out Process
Trunks are available to check-out from the MUD office or Tool Library. As an educator, you have several opportunities to bring the YEP! curriculum to your classroom free of charge:
- Check out the Talking Trash or Recycled Rhythms trunks from MUD by calling (406)721-7513 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Call in advance to reserve the trunk, then use it in your classroom as needed!
Site Visits & YEP! Instructor Visits
See our Scheduling Process tab (above) to arrange a site visit for Backyard Ecology or any of our other activities.