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Transfer Station Field Trips

The 2020-2021 in-person Field Trip Program is currently closed along with school closures due to COVID-19. However, StopWaste is offering a virtual Transfer Station Field Trip Program for teachers and students. Click here to learn more. 

Field trips to the award-winning StopWaste Education Center offer students an opportunity to learn first-hand what happens to their recyclables, garbage and compostables at a working material recovery facility and transfer station. This field trip provides real-life application of concepts taught in the classroom in the areas of physical science, life science and investigation/experimentation. Trips (valued at $1,200) are free for Alameda County public school 4th grade classes.  At this time, tours are not available for Alameda County private schools.

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Our goal is to host students at the transfer station that is closest to where their material goes. When you request a field trip, use the guide below to determine which facility your class is eligible for. 

Field Trips Include:

  • A two-hour program including a visit to the Education Center and Garbage Pit
  • An opportunity to trace the path of compostables, recyclables, and garbage from curbside to remanufacture or disposal.
  • Learning about the 4Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot) and exploring how student’s individual actions can help reduce waste.
  • Hands-on activities that support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core Standards.
  • Pre and post-field trip lessons aligned to NGSS and Common Core Standards.
  • Free bus pick up and drop off at school.

Program Availability

Field Trips are available to 4th-grade Alameda County public school groups throughout the school year.

Davis Street Transfer Station

Field Trips are generally offered Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11 am or 12:30-2:30 pm.*

Fremont Education Center

Field Trips are generally offered Tuesdays, 9-11 am or 12:30-2:30 pm.*

*Note the Field Trip times do not include bus pick up and drop off which is typically 30 minutes before and after your field trip start and end time.

Registration Information

Field Trips are available on a first come, first serve basis and are only available to 4th grade Alameda County public schools. A maximum of 36 students can be accommodated per field trip with one class allowed per time slot. Teachers must have adult chaperones accompanying the class with a minimum ratio of 1 chaperone per 10 students. If you have questions about chaperone requirements, reach out to us at

Online registration opens closer to the start of the school year. To receive updates on registration and other school news, sign up for our e-newsletter.

Transportation Information

Accelar (formerly known as Versalar) is our transportation provider. StopWaste provides the bus at no cost to Alameda County 4th grade public school classrooms. 

Maximum capacity for our reserved buses is 42 passengers including students, teachers and chaperones. 

District approval of our bus transportation is often required. While we do our best to have our bus approved by all 17 school districts in the county, please check with your district about any additional transportation requirements or documentation needed and let us know as soon as possible.

Field Trip Requirements

There is no charge for our Field Trips to the StopWaste Education Centers (a $1,200 value). StopWaste provides this service to support our county-wide goals to reduce the amount of compostables and recyclables entering our landfills. In exchange for these services, teachers must commit to the following:

Before Your Field Trip

  • Verify that all StopWate parent permission slips are complete and returned upon arrival to the Education Center. 

  • All teachers will receive a pre-packet in the mail sent to the school address provided during online registration. This packet includes StopWaste permission slips and 4Rs Activities. Prepare students for their field trip with pre-trip 4Rs activities.  

Some of the 4Rs activities will be mailed in the pre-packet while others are available online. Online activities include: 

After Your Field Trip

Take action with your students at home, at school, or in the community. Select an action project from this list or develop your own: 

Students: Report what they learned and how they took action to reduce waste and practice the 4Rs by authoring “Mission Report Back Letters”. 

Teachers: Report back how their class as a whole took action by completing a Teacher Report Back Form  

Download Report Back Form

Complete Form Online



StopWaste Education Center Office

2615 Davis Street, San Leandro 94577

Phone: (510) 563-4284