We provide resources and education to engage
citizens in building more beautiful communities.

Scout troop leaders, after-school instructors, festival organizers, and educators teaching youth about the environment, bugs, plants, and recycling is easy with Keep Austin Beautiful's Patch Pals and Austin Resource Recovery Activity Kits that are available for checkout. The activity kits come with easy to follow lesson plans and all the supplies needed for the hands-on activities. To review a lesson plan click on the Activity Kit topics below. 

Activity Kits have been successfully used at environmental fairs. Check one out for your next event to add an educational component.
Reserve a Kit...
  • Complete the online request form in advance
  • We’ll confirm your reservation and pickup time (pickups & returns are Monday - Friday by appointment)
  • Pick-up the activity kits from the Keep Austin Beautiful office at a pre-arranged time
  • After your event return the activity kits to us at a pre-arranged time
  • Complete a report form to share your success

Patch Pal Activity Kit Topics

Litter be Gone - Realize the impact of litter on our waterways and environment. Make cultural interpretations by charting the kinds of litter found on a cleanup.
Watersheds - Find the watershed you live in, identify pollutants that affect it, and how you can take action to protect it.
What's in da Water (Aquatic Bugs) - Discover how plants and animals can be used to determine the “health” of a waterway.

What's in da Water (Chemistry) - Identify the physical and chemical characteristics of a healthy waterway and perform chemical tests to analyze the health of a particular waterway. 
Beneficial Bugs - Discuss the role of beneficial bugs; collect, observe, and identify insects and their characteristics; and identify the various stages of an insect’s lifecycle.
A Day in the Lifecycle of a Bug - Define arthropod, invertebrate, insect, and arachnid.  Learn basic insect anatomy and physiology. Identify unique characteristics on different species.
Mammal Tracking - Recognize common animals living in Austin watersheds by locating their habitat, tracks, scat and photos. 
Get Clean Eco Friendly Cleaners - Describe the hazards of household chemicals and test less toxic alternatives to these products. Discuss urban forms of pollution and brainstorm ways to reduce chemical pollution.
Seed Balls - Beautify a local school or park while learning the value of planting native by making native seed balls.
Outdoor Adventure - Activities to compliment a nature hike and raise awareness of the outdoors including birding and wildflower identification.

Generation Zero Activity Kits

A youth education program of the City of Austin, Austin Resource Recovery to promote zero waste.

Landfill Logic - Compare and contrast characteristics of waste, what’s in our trash, and how trash is processed in a landfill.

Diversion Dash - Take a journey through the recycling process.

Worm Wonders - Explore the science of composting and observe worms and other microbes.


Results! Check out the Activity Kits in Action! Leaders who utilized the kits speak out on their experience...

  • "The Herb kit was a huge success! The kids absolutely loved the activities; the kits are so well organized too! Thanks for this awesome resource! Thanks!"
  • "The worms were pretty awesome…Overall, the activity kit was an excellent resource to have access to. Thanks Keep Austin Beautiful."
  • "The curriculum was well rounded, age appropriate for our students, and presented unique ways of learning."
  • "Thank you so much. This made earning the GS Badge awesome!"""Keep Austin Beautiful was amazing. The Keep Austin Beautiful Kits made the fair so doable and accessible for everyone to understand and implement. Thank you so much. We look forward to working with you again in the future."




Thank you Waste Management and Keep Texas Beautiful  Green Grant program made possible by H-E-B  for your support of Patch Pals.