U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Recycle Education Day Impacts Local Students in Barstow
On Thursday November 30, more than 300 local school children learned all about the hows and whys of recycling at the Bureau of Land Management’s Desert Discovery Center (DDC) in Barstow. Organized by DDC Director Jane Laraman-Brockhurst, Barstow BLM Interpretive Specialist Rose Beardshear and City of Barstow Recycling Coordinator Belinda Barbour, the event brought together many of the DDC’s many volunteers and partners to make this event happen. The Desert Discovery Center hosted two sessions of recycling education to four of the local elementary schools. Partnership members from the Mojave Natural Preserve, Main Street Murals and SCA’s NLCS WildCorp Crew also helped staff the various education stations.
Students went through five different but related stations where the five ‘R’s of recycling were learned: recycle, reduce, reuse, react and rethink. Various stations had students making a mural of the recycling sayings, watching a video on how recycling happens, learning a song about composting and reducing impacts in the world, taking a quiz on how long items take to break down in the environment and walking a path picking up items and then sorting them to learn what is actually recyclable.
Students spent a half a day moving from one activity to another. Each session ended with everyone taking a pledge to recycle.
- Tim Williamson, Wilderness Specialist, BLM Barstow Field Office (December 5, 2012)