School/Community-Based Environmental Education
As part of our commitment to educating people about issues connected to environmental stewardship, we conduct hands-on educational programs for schools and community groups at no charge.
“We really enjoyed having KOB in our classroom. Our students walked away more knowledgeable and motivated to make positive changes in the community.” - Local Educator
Our educational programs are designed to integrate with an organization/teacher’s current curriculum. All of our sessions are aligned to Nebraska Academic Content Standards. They are adapted to the age of the group and can be tailored to various subjects such as science, art, literature, math, and the social or physical sciences. We can also incorporate service-learning elements (more info about these opportunities below).
We know that this school year is different. In light of that, we developed two new virtual programs to best meet the needs of Omaha-area teachers and their classrooms. These virtual, multi-part programs contain a combination of KOB-led lessons/activities, videos, and hands-on activities that students can complete in the classroom or at home.
Healthy Habitat for All
- Recommended for grades K-5 -
Students learn about the urban ecosystem in Omaha, what makes a healthy habitat, and how to care for the nature around their community.
Understanding Water Pollution
- Recommended for grades 2-6 -
Students gain an understanding of how humans impact water quality, the benefits of stormwater management, and how to help prevent water pollution.
Resource Checkout Kits
Our educational checkout kits provide teachers with materials and lesson plans to engage students with hands-on activities. Kits are designed to meet Nebraska Academic Content Area Standards in science, social studies, and language arts and available for a 3-week checkout period. Kits are cleaned and sanitized between each use.
- Only Rain Down the Storm Drain - Explore nonpoint source pollution, actions that contaminate our waterways, and solutions to mitigate the problems. This checkout kit includes a watershed table and lessons to help students understand what they can do to make a positive impact in their community.
- Recycle Right Relay Race - Explore recycling in Omaha by checking out a Recycle Right Relay Race game. This active game is designed to help students in Omaha understand waste management options and how to properly sort waste, recycling, and Energy Bag materials.
- Upcycled Paper Making - Learn how to reduce waste and lead a more sustainable life. Students will also get creative and transform your own waste paper into new, unique pieces of art.
- Waste Not - Explore waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. Students investigate how to live a sustainable lifestyle and learn about simple daily actions that have a positive environmental impact.
- Worm Compost in the Classroom - Explore how nature organically reuses and recycles. This checkout kit includes everything you need to teach activities about decomposers in the food web and waste reduction through composting, including lesson plans.
Service Learning Opportunities
For interested groups, we also provide opportunities for students and citizens to volunteer and/or participate in service-learning style projects that extend the learning beyond the classroom/presentation setting, such as (but not limited to):
- Litter Cleanups - Groups remove litter and recyclable items from selected areas and discuss the importance of keeping our ecosystems clean and healthy. Cleanup events also provide opportunities to analyze the waste collected and discuss questions connected to materials management.
- Storm Drain Labeling - Groups help remove debris from storm inlets in a designated neighborhood, place “no dumping” discs on the storm drains, and distribute educational door hangers to nearby homes. Information on water pollution prevention and the importance of managing stormwater are tied into the labeling events.
- Sustainable Beautification - Groups plant trees and maintain native plant gardens in public spaces. Sustainable beautification events also provide opportunities to understand the purpose of planting native plants, the interrelationships of pollinators and plants, and the benefits of biodiversity. This activity is only available on a limited basis.
Although we accommodate as many groups as we can, our schedule does fill up each season. Preference is given to classrooms participating in service-learning projects and multi-visit activities linked directly to your classroom curriculum. Outreach programs must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
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Don't see what you're looking for but interested in Keep Omaha Beautiful's education and outreach activities? Send us a message, we can easily tailor activities to fit your needs! Call 402-546-3610 or email Hannah.Rennard-Ganley@cityofomaha.org for more information.
Interested in additional resources connected to environmental education? Check out our Resources section.