National Park Service: Junior Ranger Online - Do I Recycle or Upcycle?

When we go to our favorite outdoor places, we go to enjoy the natural world around us, but whose job is it to make sure these places stay safe?

Well it is all of ours! We all must work together to make sure these areas are protected forever! When you go for a walk around your neighborhood or to your favorite park, have you ever noticed trash in places where it should not be like the ground or the street? How do you think that affects the environment around it?

When litter is left on the ground, it can have a big impact on the health of the environment. Some trash takes a really long time to decompose, or break down into tiny pieces, which can have a very long impact on our environment after it has been left on the ground.

For each photo pair below, talk with your friends and family to see who can guess which one takes longer to decompose. Then, slide the photo bar to the left or right to see the correct answer! Use the drop-down menu below each photo pair to see more information on how you can keep items out of the environment!


Conservation & Sustainability
K-6, Middle School

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