Recycling one pop can saves enough energy to power a television for three full hours, according to Earth Gauge, a project of the National Environmental Education Foundation.



Trash and Climate Change Activity Book from the United States Environmental protection Agency
Especially check out pages 9-11, which show you how to can make your own ecology "fortune-teller"-type toy!

Recycling Word Search
Set your level at 1 for the easiest challenge, or higher if you dare, in our online word search.

Recycle Roundup Game from National Geographic Kids
Read through the quick instructions, then try to sort as much falling trash as you can in two minutes!


Some books below may be eBooks or audiobooks. Get help with downloadable books or ask a librarian or parent for help.

FICTION


The Clue in the Recycling Bin by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The Alden kids help out at a recycling center. Can they figure out why somebody is vandalizing it?

Freddy to the Rescue by Dietlof Reiche
Freddy the Hamster helps a local tribe of wild hamsters in their fight to save their homes, and their lives, when plans are made to build an automotive plant on their land.

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
New to his Florida community, Roy becomes involved in another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Marty McGuire Digs Worms! by Kate Messner
Marty and her friend Annie are in a contest to build the best Earth-friendly project they can, but when their recycled paper project wrecks a food processor, they move on a project that involves hard-working, wriggly worms –at school!

WALL-E: The Junior Novelization adapted by Irene Trimble
In book form, here is the science-fiction story of the little robot who makes a wonderful discovery that may let Earth become livable again. The story is also available a little bit shorter, in a version by Jillian Joy Samuels.

Watch Out, World--Rosy Cole Is Going Green by Sheila Greenwald
Rosy comes up with a green project for school. It’s meant to help raise money, but is her project about to become a wormy disaster?

NON-FICTION


Waste & Recycling by Rebecca Hunter
Plenty of charts help show what’s happening to the environment. Suggestions of what to do to help are included. Part of the Eco Alert series!

Shopping Choices by Helen Lanz
How do our shopping habits make a difference to the planet? How can we shop smarter? From the Go Green series, which also covers energy, travel and more.

Leisure: Information and Projects to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint by Helen Whittaker
How can you have fun, make cool stuff, and have less impact of the planet? Make a green gift! Check out this book from the Living Green series.



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MORE NON-FICTION


Cool Crafts with Old T-Shirts: Green Projects for Resourceful Kids by Carol Sirrine
Make some gift bags, a super toy for your favorite pup, or a truly cozy pillow. Who knew an old t-shirt still had this much life in it? This books is from the Snap Books - Green Crafts series, with books for reusing CDs, jeans, old wrappers, newspapers and more!

Junkyard Science : 20 Projects and Experiments about Junk, Garbage, Waste, Things We Don't Need Anymore, and Ways to Recycle or Reuse It--or Lose It by Karen Romano Young
Explore "trashology," the science of trash! Science fair ideas are included in this book from National Geographic Kids.

MOVIES


WALL-E [Blu-ray]
In this animated science fiction film about the future from Disney Pixar, a lonely robot, who has been collecting trash for years, finds a way to perhaps make Earth livable again for humans.

Hoot [DVD]
Roy, the new kid in town, teams up with another boy to try to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

Environmental Problems and Solutions [DVD]
In this 14-minute movie, learn how environmental problems impact the health of the planet.

Pond & River [DVD]. Eyewitness series
Learn about the ponds and rivers of the world and why they are so important to people.

The Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle [DVD]
Learn all about the best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle materials.



Kids Recycle Page from the Washington State Department of Ecology
Recycling information especially for kids.

NIEHS Kids Pages from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Recycling ideas for kids from scientists!

Recycle City! from the United States Environmental Protection Agency
You are the City Manager of Recycle City, which re-named itself after making changes to clean up and preserve its environment. Take a tour and see how things are coming along!

Owlexander’s Wetland Walk a project of the Library and the Washington-Centerville Park District
This page will lead you to fun in our local wetlands, and suggest other activities and books about the wetlands and wetland animals.

Dead Zones from Earth Gauge a project of the National Environmental Education Foundation
What’s a dead zone, you ask? Read the information farther down the page before taking the quiz at the top. There’s a cool experiment with weighted water that won’t mix!

Recycling, from Earth Gauge, a project of the National Environmental Education Foundation
Think you know all about it? Take the quiz, then try the activity! (Ask for adult help.)