Education
For Kids

The HCIA is steadfast in its commitment to educate our young people about recycling.


 HCIA Seasons Kids Fall 2007Earth Day Festivities

Whether it be in person by teaching environmental education programs at schools throughout Hudson County or at events that are in the various municipalities, the HCIA staff is always hard at work. Each year the HCIA conducts an Earth Day event that is filled with fun and enjoyment for kids and adults alike. Vendors, craft makers and delicious foods are available at the event. Join us every spring by participating in the HCIA Earth Day quiz. This quiz tests your capabilities and knowledge about environmental issues.

Fall '06 Seasons For Kids
Students are now offered a newsletter fashioned to include everything from current eve
nts to safety tips and games. This child-friendly newsletter is a variation of our adult-themed Seasons dedicated to molding a generation committed to environmental responsibility. It has been enthusiastically received by the students and educators throughout Hudson County. Click the image or this link to download Seasons for Kids (1.5 MB PDF file).



Kids Links




 
For Teachers


Environmental Education Programs

The Hudson County Improvement Authority’s Environmental Programs Division offers a number of programs providing environmental education to students from Pre-K through 12th Grade. These 30-45 minute audience participation programs are available to students in public, private, charter, and parochial schools throughout Hudson County. For over 25 years, the Hudson County Improvement Authority has been educating the community on a variety of environmental issues- help us to keep this tradition alive for the future generations of Hudson Count residents.


Clean Streets = Clean Waters

Litterbugs damage every community. Whether they know it or not, these litterbugs are directly responsible for polluting our waterways. Litter is washed into untreated storm drains leading directly into our natural waterways. Clean Streets = Clean Waters teaches students about the damaging effects that litter can have on wildlife and our shared habitats, while also educating them on ways to prevent this type of pollution.



Composting with Wiggle E. Worm

Meet Wiggle E. Worm and his family who help to compost organic waste into fresh soil. This hands-on experience allows students to handle and observe redworms in our compost bin. Students will learn about how worms digest organics and supplement the earth to allow trees, vegetables and plants to grow.



Electronic Waste and the Rise of E-Cycling

Electronic Waste (e-waste) is increasing at a rate of 3 to 4 times faster than any other form of solid waste in the country. As useful as computers, televisions and other electronic products are when working, proper disposal of these products is essential to the health of the environment. This program helps to raise awareness of the effects that e-waste has on the environment while encouraging proper recycling methods.


Environmental Shopping


The way that we shop has a major impact on our environment. This program teaches the importance of buying products that are both made from recycled materials as well as recyclable. Product packaging accounts for a tremendous amount of waste! This program teaches some waste reduction techniques to help ease the flow of packing into our landfills. With a display of common products used daily, this program will demonstrate how changing one’s shopping habits can have an immediate and beneficial impact on the environment!



From the Curb to the Landfill: What happens to our garbage?

Have you ever thought about where your garbage goes after it is picked up from the curb? This program will show you how and where it is disposed of while teaching waste management, recycling, source reduction, landfilling, hauling, incineration, hazardous waste management as well as the conservation of natural resources.


Landfills and the Environment


Landfills are the oldest and most common way to house our nation’s trash. How are they built? How do they operate? How do they affect our habitat? Find out all of this and more including how modern landfills compare to earlier ones as well as what is being done to curb the effects on our environment.


Reduce & Reuse: Be smart when you pack your lunch!

Lunchtime is the perfect time to teach kids about the benefits of recycling! This program teaches students how to reduce, reuse and recycle all of the materials that they pack into their lunchboxes every day as well as techniques to reduce waste!


Presentation Requests

Complete a School Presentation Request Form and either Fax it to Recycling at (201) 324-6206 or e-mail it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . HCIA staff will be in contact with you to coordinate your presentation. For more information, please contact Jessie Perez at (201) 624-3222, ext. 3225.

Additional Information & Services

Environmental Resource Center


Located at HCIA Headquarters, the HCIA Environmental Resource Center contains a treasure trove of educational materials on topics including the environment, recycling and sustainability. Available materials include books, pamphlets, videos, catalogs, magazines as well as slide shows. All materials are loaned free of charge and come with any assistance that is needed in setting up a program for classes.



Annual Crayon Recycling Contest

The HCIA sponsors an Annual Crayon Recycling Contest for Hudson County schools. This contest is a great way to introduce children to the importance of recycling and teach them that we all have to do our part to protect the Earth. Crayons are collected from each participating school and then shipped to Crazy Crayons where they are recycled into new “Crazy Crayons.” These “Crazy Crayons” come in a variety of colors and shapes and are also recyclable! For every pound of crayons recycled by a participating school, one “Crazy Crayon” will be returned for use during the school year. Winners are awarded on a percentage basis: the number of pounds of crayons collected by each school divided by the total school enrollment.

Since 2003, the students of Hudson County have recycled more than 16 tons of crayons! This effort has made Hudson County the National Grand Champions in Crayons Recycling for 16 years and counting!

Earth Day Art Contest


The HCIA hosts an Annual Earth Day Art Contest for students throughout Hudson County. This annual contest asks students to create a poster that reflects the environmental theme of the HCIA's Annual Earth Day Celebration. All entries are entered into a countywide contest with the winning artwork selected and showcased in the HCIA’s Annual Calendar. Winners will receive a prize and their artwork will be showcased during the Awards Ceremony at the HCIA’s Earth Day Fair at Liberty State Park held every April. Winning artwork is selected from the following grade levels: Kindergarten-2nd Grade; Grades 3-5; and Grades 6-8. Check the HCIA.org website and HCIA’s social media pages for additional details including this year’s theme!



Celebrate Earth Day!

The HCIA will host the 2017 Earth Day Celebration at Liberty State Park on Saturday, April 22nd. This annual festival features a “Kids’ Earth Day Kingdom,” which creates an atmosphere for parents and children alike to have fun while learning about our environment including the people and wildlife that call Hudson County- Home as well as the many organizations that serve our community. The Annual Earth Day Celebration also includes environment-themed displays, stage and strolling entertainment, interactive fun such as inflatable rides, arts & crafts activities and an “Eco-Olympics” area. Earth Day begins with a 5K Run along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway Starting at 10:00 a.m. We hope to see you there!


 
Educational Outreach

Lunch Kits
Much waste can be accumulated during lunchtime at school. However, through a lunchtime school recycling program, pupils have a chance to learn about conservation by “Reducing, reusing and recycling.” Throughout lunchtime, lunch kits are distributed containing insulated plastic bags with Velcro closures, juice boxes and sandwich containers. Approximately 21,000 kits have already been distributed throughout County schools.


Composting with Worms (Wiggle E. Worms)
Composting is a valuable practice for our environment because it nourishes our soil and the earlier this is taught to children, the better our environment's future becomes. Wiggly Worm is a redworm, and redworms teach the concept of composting as they digest organic waste and turn it into a rich substance called humus that helps plants and flowers grow and flourish. Since redworms cannot eat certain recyclables and litter, children learn about composting and proper trash disposal at the same time. Almost 20,000 pupils and students throughout the County have been introduced to composting through Wiggle E. Worm since 1993.


Where Does our Garbage Go?
Managing solid waste is an important factor in maintaining the well-being of our environment. This program instills in students the concept of proper waste management and disposal. Topics such as proper recycling, source reduction, land filling, incineration, household hazardous waste and conservation of natural resources.


Environmental Shopping
Across the United States millions of tons of trash are generated and accumulated every day. During shopping trips, most of us do not generally think about the amount of materials we accumulate and the consequence it has on the environment. It's time to start taking into account where this waste goes, and the impact it has on our environment. The HCIA’s program educates students and consumers about packing issues, stresses the importance of recycling and buying recycled products, and acquaints shoppers of all ages with important waste-reduction techniques. Approximately 48,000 County residents have received canvas shopping bags through this valuable program.


Environmental Resource Center
The HCIA has always made available valuable recycling information to all residents. The resource center, a lending library located in the HCIA’s main office, contains a wide range of educational materials on the environment and the importance of recycling including: books, pamphlets, magazines, catalogs, video tapes and slide shows.

For more information please call the HCIA's Environmental (800) 540-0987 or send an e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .