School Presentations and Services
Green Action Centre has a wide range of services, resources, and programs, for students and staff alike.
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We also offer activities, handouts, and other tools for teachers looking to integrate waste reduction and active travel into the classroom and to advocate for safe routes to school.
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Frequently Asked Questions
When do can I book a presentation?
Classroom presentations are given September through June and must be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. Note that September-October and March-June are particularly busy and dates should be requested even earlier.
How long are presentations?
Presentation lengths are typically 45 minutes to an hour. When Kindergarten presentations are available, they are 15 minutes shorter than the posted length.
How much is it for a presentation?
Some services are provided free of charge, based on designated funding. Otherwise we ask for a $150 presentation fee for schools within Winnipeg.
Are presentations offered outside of Winnipeg?
Presentations to schools within a 250km radius of Winnipeg may be available, depending on the date requested and the ability of the school to cover travel costs.
What is the cancellation policy?
2 business days notice is required for cancellation. If cancelled by the host organization or school less than 2 business days prior, there may be an administration fee. There will be no charges for cancellations due to illness or weather.
Presenters reserve the right to reschedule in the case of illness or extreme weather.
What about presentations related to the environment, but not included in the list of topics?
Custom presentations may be available. Register for “Other” and fill in the Comments box with the necessary details.
Complete School Composting Set-Up (K-12, $300, multiple visits, offered by Composting Team)
The complete set-up includes a site visit, ongoing consultation support/troubleshooting, and customized training for students and staff. Cost does not include supplies such as compost bins, though we can share recommendations. Once your system is established, we have tips to keep your system going.
This package includes:
- “A Guide for School Composting” and “Tools and Activities for School Composting” booklets
- School-wide composting strategy worksheet
- Waste audit lesson plans
- Curriculum links for composting (available in French)
- Green Action Centre’s price list for signage (available in French)
How to Compost at School (K-12, $150, 45 minutes, offered by Composting Team)
Is your school considering starting composting? Is your school currently composting and needs a refresher and pointers to ensure a successful program? Students will learn what composting is, why composting is important, and how to create an effective system. This presentation is ideal for your school’s green team or composting team.
Introduction to Vermicomposting (Grades K-12, $150, 45 minutes, offered by Composting Team)
Learn how our worm friends can make a rich fertilizer, right in your classroom! This presentation includes hands-on time exploring red wriggler worms. We’ll discuss what composting is, why it matters, and how to care for a vermicomposting bin.
What’s Hiding in our Air? (Grades 1-6, $150, 1 hour, offered by Active and Safe Routes to School Team)
Using high-tech tools that measure air quality around your school, this presentation will engage children in fun, science-based discussions on ways to improve our air with more emissions-free travel including cycling and walking.
Bike Blender Presentation (Grades K-12)
Smoothies made from our bike blender are always a hit. For $100/hour, we run the blender, using nut-free ingredients, and discuss active school travel with students, OR you can rent it outright for $100 plus $500 deposit. Please let us know in advance about any allergy concerns in advance to the presentation.
Food Waste Reduction for Schools (Grades 4-12, $150, 45 minutes, presented by Compost Team)
Learn about food waste, how to reduce it and then make real change! An hour presentation offered to Grades 4-12, this multi-presentation program introduces food waste through a fun, interactive quiz and helps your classroom brainstorm a food waste reduction project your class can achieve over a month. We return at the end of a month to see how your school did and offer tips to maintain a lasting, positive change.
The Food Cycle & Air Quality: Eating Our Way to Brighter Skies (Grades 1-6, $150, 45 minutes, presented by Compost Team)
Explore the relationship between air quality and our food cycle, inspiring students to find realistic ways that they can minimize food waste. A 45-minute presentation offered in Grades 1-6 classrooms, this presentation uses an interactive poster to foster critical thinking about our food cycle.
Water: A Drop in the Bucket (Grades K-12, $150, 45 minutes)
Water is everywhere. It makes up our rivers, lakes and oceans. It’s in our air, our food, and even in us! We all need clean water every day to stay alive, but how much water do we use? Are we wasting water? Why should we be concerned about the way we use and abuse this resource? This presentation addresses all of these questions, concentrating on positive individual actions and choices.
Paper Chase (Grades K-12, $150, 45 minutes)
Paper is one of the most familiar classroom materials. We explain how paper is made, discuss paper recycling, examine alternative fibres, and show samples of recycled paper products. Students are encouraged to consider how all four Rs (Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) can be applied to paper.
Tracking the Blue Box (Grades K-12, $150, 45 minutes)
Everyone is curious about what happens to recyclables after they get picked up. Using samples and illustrations, this presentation tracks four common materials (paper, metal, glass, plastic) from blue box through re-processing to end use. With older students, we also critically consider the role of recycling as a resource conservation practice. Our most popular presentation.
Buy Less, Fix More, Trade Often (Grades 6-12, $150, 45 minutes)
Have you ever thought about the resources required to make your cell phone? Or what it took to produce the jeans you are wearing? From resource extraction to disposal, the materials economy has created a linear system of consumption on the finite planet we call home. This presentation covers ways to help our planet – buy less, fix more, trade often, and divert all waste from the landfill.
Our Ecological Footprint (Grades K-12, $150, 45 minutes)
Everything we use to survive (including the air, water, food we consume, and clothes we wear) originates in Nature. This eye-opening presentation asks whether our rates of consumption and waste disposal are sustainable and whether our use of resources is fair to others with whom we share the planet. Students discuss specific ways we can all help to make a difference. *Under Development*
Waste Audit (Grades 1-12, Contact us for availability and cost, presented by Compost Team)
How much waste does your school produce in 24 hours? And how much of that should be going to recycling, reuse, or compost? We can help you run one or more waste audits on your school with the participation of students and staff. Waste audits are customized based on what teachers are looking for.