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 hands-on, place-based education. 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. As the MUD team grows YEP! beyond the Modules listed below, we are developing more opportunities for learning on-site at MUD. These include Sustainable Design & Build programs, permaculture design basics, and service learning opportunities. Contact MUD, or check back for details in the future!
MUD’s Youth Education Program in Sustainability educates Missoula-area youth 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.
YEP! Modules: Ready-to-go kits you can check out of the Tool Library for Education!
|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.
Please call the MUD Central Office at (406)721-7513 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in scheduling a trunk or a field trip.
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
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:
- Check out the Talking Trash or Recycled Rhythms trunks from MUD by calling (406)721-7513 or emailing email@example.com. Call in advance to reserve the trunk, then use it in your classroom as needed!
Site Visits & YEP! Instructor Visits
Please inquire about on-site activities for youth. We are in-process for developing future Sustainable Design & Build projects.
Want a Tool Librarian to help out in the classroom? Contact us and let us know your needs.