Lake County Solid Waste
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER
I would also like to take this opportunity to update you all on our
new hours of operation:
What do we have at the Environmental Education Center?
Inside our eye-catching building we have a classroom where we conduct environmental education programs for field trip groups from all over Lake County. We have a 2-story tree slide where kids can actually spiral down the center of the tree trunk! We have Indiana’s first indoor trout stream stocked with plenty of happy Rainbow Trout fish. In fact, they are so happy here they have been known to reproduce in years prior (something this fish species isn’t known to do in captivity). Last, but certainly not least, we house our famous ReUZ Room. The ReUZ Room is a big room filled with reusable items/”garbage” that have been donated to us by the community. Non-profit groups and organizations can come in and take what they need for arts, crafts, activities, etc. We weigh the items that leave the facility so we have a better grasp on how much “garbage” we are diverting from the landfills. Call 219-853-2420 for more information about this great resource! It is FREE to visit and walk-ins are always welcome! Come check us out today!
Why is there an Indoor Rainbow Trout Stream at the EEC?
Rainbow Trout are very important to the environment because they are a biological indicator species. They are intolerant of pollution, therefore, they only live and survive in non-polluted clean waters. Our Trout Stream Exhibit displays and explains the dangers of different point and non-point sources of pollution that can damage an aquatic ecosystem such as the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, road water runoff, factory discharge, illegal garbage dumping, etc. Come in and learn about keeping a safe and healthy environment today!
Where do we get our Rainbow Trout?
Every year we conduct a unique environmental education program called Trout in the Classroom which allows students to “adopt” and care for young rainbow trout in their schools for several months. Students receive the tank, supplies, and trout eggs and begin care of the trout through their various developmental stages.
During periodic site visits, a Trout in the Classroom coordinator monitors the condition of the tank and engages the students in related educational activities such as the life cycle and basic anatomy of the rainbow trout. Once the trout grow to fingerling size (about 3 inches), they are ready to be released into Indiana's first and only indoor trout stream, located at the Environmental Education Center in Hammond.
Registration for field trips opens April 23rd each year. If the 23rd falls on a weekend, registration opens the following Monday.
Registration closes August 1st each year. Schedule by FAX ONLY. Field trips begin no earlier than 10:00a.m. and students will load the bus for departure at 1:00p.m. Lunch facilities are available for groups to eat their sack-lunches.