National Park Service: Junior Ranger Online - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Homestead Online Activity

Think like a homesteader as you explore different ways to repurpose and reuse everyday items.

This short activity will lead to a discussion on how recycling and reusing items impacts your community.

Early homesteaders were very resourceful. They produced little to no waste and found a way to re-use or re-purpose most things. This short activity will help you think like a homesteader by finding clever ways to get the most out of the items in your home, and how doing so may benefit you, your community, and your National Parks.

To begin, think about items that you would have needed to survive on your homestead. What were you going to eat? How would you stay warm during the winter in a snowstorm? What would you use to wash your clothes or hands?

A good way to step into the homesteader mentality is to imagine you are living in the Palmer-Epard Cabin and had to walk to the Freeman School for classes each day. What supplies would you need? Once you have brainstormed a few ideas, begin the activity below!

Science Topics
Conservation & Sustainability
Social Studies Topics
American History
K-6, Middle School
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade

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