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Free Classes

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources offers various environmental education classes broadly related to waste mitigation, built environment improvements, and sustainability. Class instructors provide attendees with professional learning and instructional materials that demonstrate environmental diversion themes such as Composting/Vermicomposting, Recycling 1-2-3, Green Landscaping, and more!. Attendees from all educational backgrounds, age groups, and interests are welcome to join. Classes are offered live throughout the year as well as on-demand in our resource section. 

    Backyard Composting, Vermicomposting, & Make Your Own Worm Bin

    Overview: Introduction to composting, using broken down organic materials as a soil amendment. Compost starts at 9 AM followed by vermicompost and make your own worm bin at 10 AM. 

    Vermicomposting Bin Kits are available for purchase ($35) for county residents at each class. County residents may also bring their own materials to build a worm bin. See Make Your Own Worm Bin Workshop Supply List

    Participants that complete their worm bins will be provided live worms.

    The Department of Waste Resources will provide use of required tools at the class.

    Location: 14310 Frederick St. Moreno Valley, CA, 92553

    June 3, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    October 14, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    November 4, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    December 2, 2023 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

     *VIRTUAL* Vermicomposting Class 

    July 26, 2023 7:00 - 8:00 pm

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2598 181 9025

    Meeting Password: yG3DYVNRd48

    Food Waste-Food Rescue Classes

    Overview: What’s the difference between food waste and wasted food? Learn the basics of food rescue and simple strategies to reduce waste as you shop, cook or eat out

    August 12, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2593 848 9360
    Password: N2DgqGa9jP6

    Green Cleaning & Green Gardening Classes

    Overview: Be toxic-free! Learn the benefits of using environmentally sound practices that contain fewer toxic ingredients. We also demonstrate how easy it is to make cleaning products from ingredients already in your pantry.

    Location: 14310 Frederick St. Moreno Valley, CA, 92553

    September 23, 2023  9:00 am - 10:00 am

    Green Landscaping Classes

    Overview: Wasting too many resources in your garden? This class teaches residents sustainable landscaping, an easy and cost-efficient way to be environmentally friendly in your green space.

    May 13, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2599 946 3586

    Password: qzHheAye422

    August 26, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2591 380 7537

    Password: UEdatkD3Q32

    Intro to Climate Change

    Overview: Curious about climate change? This class covers climate change causes, environmental and social impacts, and ways to take on climate action.

    May 17, 2023 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2592 545 9140

    Password: 2fdHQ99UDdF

    September 30, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2590 794 6437

    Password: yqAQ5GSu7r5

    Intro to Environmental Justice

    Overview: How does the human built environment impact public health? Learn the concepts of environmental justice, an expanded view of the environment outside the scope of conservation.

    August 5, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2592 054 3083

    Password: JePwfFam363

    Making Your Home Zero Waste Classes

    Overview: This class explores the basics of zero waste and sustainability – what is zero waste, waste creation, and strategies for every room in your house.

    September 16, 2023 9:00 am - 10:00 am

    WebEx Link

    Meeting Number: 2597 479 3191

    Password: z7ZJpmM3nP2

    Master Composter Training

    The virtual training courses consists of four formal instruction sessions. Master Composter Trainees will watch as instructor and volunteers build and maintain a compost pile. To become proficient with composting trainees are encouraged to build and maintain their own compost pile during the training.

    Goals for the formal training are:
    • Various home composting options
    • Biology involved with the different composting systems
    • Compost benefits and uses
    • Other methods of reducing yard waste
    • Gain hands-on experience with composting and vermicomposting
    • Understand how to troubleshoot issues with compost/vermicompost
    • Learn how to utilize finish compost/vermicompost in your garden

    We offer a virtual, LIVE online cohort and a virtual, RECORDED online cohort that is self-paced. 

    Please sign up at this link for more information.