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Warriors Youth Education

KTMB’s Warrior Youth Education is a Next Generation Science Standards-aligned environmental education series that includes three units: Waste Warriors, Weed Warriors, and Watershed Warriors.

Each unit introduces students to environmental problems common to all urban communities and provides them with the knowledge they need to take simple steps toward positive change. The curriculum is designed to inspire students to become stewards –or ‘warriors’– of the air, land and water in the Truckee Meadows.

Each unit includes a dynamic video featuring students from Washoe County, hands-on and standards-aligned lesson plans, pre and post-student assessments, as well as the option of an engaging presentation for your class by KTMB’s education staff. The lessons are free for teachers to use before and after the program. Please contact us for more information.

Waste Warriors

Waste Warriors is the first of KTMB’s 3-unit Warriors Youth Education series. It introduces students in grades 3-5 to the waste stream, and demonstrates how they can create a positive change in their community by reducing the amount of waste that goes to the landfill, working to prevent litter and illegal dumping, and making informed choices about what they buy and the waste their purchases create. The curriculum includes a dynamic video (above), lesson plans, pre and post-student assessments, alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). KTMB’s Waste Warriors curriculum is available through KTMB and Desert Research Institute’s Green Box program. Although our curriculum is designed for grades 3-5, our hands-on lessons and presentations can be easily adapted for all grade levels.

Waste Warriors in Your Classroom

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Did you know?

  • We send the equivalent of 700 elephants to the Lockwood Landfill every day.
  • The number one thing we throw away is food.
  • One quarter of kids in Washoe County might not get either breakfast, lunch or dinner every day.
  • An aluminum can only takes six weeks to go from your recycling bin to a store shelf again.
  • Natural processes like decomposition need water. In our desert climate, what’s dumped, stays dumped.

Weed Warriors

Weed Warriors is one of KTMB’s 3-unit Warriors Youth Education series. It introduces students in grades 4-6 to what invasive, (or ‘noxious’), weeds are and why they are destructive to our habitat and economy. KTMB, Nevada Department of Agriculture, and Sierra Nevada Journeys developed the curriculum and supplemental video for educators in Northern Nevada. The curriculum allows students to experience how they can affect change in their community by identifying and reporting noxious weeds, reducing their spread, and helping their parents to make informed choices about what plants belong in their yard.

Weed Warriors in Your Classroom

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Did you know?

  • “Weed” just means a plant growing where you don’t want it.
  • An invasive weed rapidly multiples, taking all the resources in an area, which kills native species.
  • Loss of native plants can mean a loss of any wildlife using that plant for food or shelter.
  • Invasive weeds often use more water than native plants, can affect soil chemistry and cause destructive erosion.
  • A noxious weed is an invasive plant that is so destructive, the state has stepped in to try and control its spread.

Watershed Warriors

KTMB’s Watershed Warriors is part of the 3-unit Warriors Youth Education curriculum designed for students in grades 4-5. The unit is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and includes lesson plans written by Sierra Nevada Journeys  and Project WET, supplemental materials and a dynamic video that introduces students to the Truckee River Watershed. It guides students through the myriad of challenges facing the river, and involves students in the process of creating solutions to protect and preserve the Truckee River for future generations.

Watershed Warriors in Your Classroom

To download the full curriculum, please complete our form.

Request a Watershed Warriors Presentation

Feedback: Teachers, please let us know how you like this curriculum