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Education Resources

Free recycling education for schools

Do you have questions or need someone to visit your school to perform a waste audit or assist with implementation of an on-site recycling program? Please call the Eco-Desk at (707) 565-3375 or email for more information.

Sign up for a tour and learn how waste is managed in Sonoma County

  • Central Disposal Site overview tour
    500 Mecham Road, Petaluma
    (707) 795-1693

    See how garbage is collected in Sonoma County gets processed. The Central Disposal site includes the reuse area, recycling program, landfill gas power plant, and the landfill operations.

Curriculum Resources

The California Education and the Environment Initiative (California EEI) Curriculum is a cooperative, statewide effort to help K-12 students learn about the environment and how it relates to their everyday lives.

Low-cost stuff for the classroom

Freecycle: A grassroots nonprofit of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free.

Free posters and stickers

California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Organizations providing environmental education in Sonoma County

  • Cool Schools Program Sonoma County
    (707) 525-1665
    Instruction suitable for high schools in Sonoma County

    Working with high school clubs, the Cool Schools is a program of the Climate Protection Agency whose mission is to inspire action in response to the climate crisis.
  • Environmental Discovery Center
    Instruction suitable for grades 1-6

    The Environmental Discovery Center of Sonoma County (EDC), a partnership established by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, hosts school field trips.

  • University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners Program
    (707) 565-2305
    Instruction suitable for grades 1-6

    The Sonoma County Master Gardeners provide instruction to classrooms on worm composting by special request.

  • Sonoma Ecology Center
    Instruction suitable for grades K-12 in the Sonoma Valley Unified School District as well as Kenwood Elementary School.

    The Sonoma Ecology Center (SEC) works in several different capacities to facilitate environmental education programming. They have 5 different educational modules that all fall under the umbrella of the K-12 Watershed Education Program.