Education and behavior change are the cornerstones of Keep America Beautiful. We strive to educate and empower generations of community and environmental stewards with curricula and real-world experiences that teach the essentials of proactive community citizenship, including the preservation of our natural resources.

Keep America Beautiful's resources for youth and educators from pre-kindergarten through college — designed using our field-tested, proven behavior-change methodology — provide activities and tools to teach the fundamentals of litter prevention; preserving our resources; responsible solid waste management; and how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Nearly 1.75 million youth are reached annually through Keep America Beautiful formal classroom or informal educational presentations, projects and programs. All educational materials are designed to be locally adaptable to meet the needs of individual communities and are correlated to National Standards. Resources include Waste in Place an intearctive set of materials for Pre-K to 12th grade and a Youth Initiatives Guide to help organize a Youth Advisory Council and complete a Litter Free Places, Trashless Tree Trail and Waste Audit for recognition as a KAB School. For details contact Kathryn Joblon at

In addition to the resources below, learn about Recycle-Bowl, Keep America Beautiful’s K-12 in-school recycling competition, and RecycleMania, for college and university students and staff.

The community leaders of tomorrow are in the classrooms of today!