2012 – 2013 P.U.P. – Pick Up for the Planet

Sponsored by:

Environmental Resource Center

Project Champion:

Molly Goodyear

What are the appropriate grade levels:

K to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

We envision one to four classes taking on this project.

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – 4 to 6 hours

Is this a new or existing project:

This is an existing project.

Estimated project cost:




A number of years ago the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) initiated a dog waste pick up program to encourage and assist dog owners to pick up after their pups at the trailheads before they were going on a hike. In cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service, the ERC placed 10 trash cans at 8 trailheads in the Ketchum area and 1 trash can at one trailhead in Hailey.

This effort to pick up dog waste has been highly successful over the years, but we are at a point where we need to update our program to include best practices (a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means). Research is needed in the following areas:

  • Bins/bags
  • Signage
  • Staffing

We are asking the students of Blaine County to help us with this effort in the following ways:

  1. Research and recommend the most effective dog waste collection bins and associated disposal bags.
  2. Design a logo for P.U.P.
  3. Design artwork for the dog waste collection bins that would then be turned into gel wraps to be placed around each can and help the public identify which cans are specifically for dog waste.
  4. Create educational signage re: public health hazards of dog waste, benefits of P.U.P., identifying the ERC as the coordinating agency.
  5. Research and recommend additional areas that would benefit from a dog waste collection bin.
  6. Assess the staffing needs to manage the P.U.P. program.

An educator from the ERC will assist each classroom with this project and adapt the facilitation according to age or ability.

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Classrooms who have adopted this project

Hemingway Elementary
Char Roth
51 students