Garbage Garage Education Center open by appointment only

We offer educational programs, both in-person and virtual. Current special event offerings are listed below. In-person tours at the Larimer County Landfill are available and conducted in accordance with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment's COVID-19 Guidance. Virtual education (zoom or google meet events) is available by request. Fill out a request form below to coordinate an educational program or visit.


Tue 12:30 PM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Wed 10:00 AM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Wed 12:30 PM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Thu 10:00 AM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Thu 12:30 PM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Fri 10:00 AM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Safety measures in placeEducational programs offered on site will vary depending on the COVID-19 level of risk in Larimer County. When programs are in session, visitors will have been symptom-free for at least 14 days. Employees and visitors are encouraged to wear masks. High contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected every two hours. Social distancing will be maintained. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the building.


Have you ever wondered how a landfill works? Or what gets made from all that stuff we recycle? At the Garbage Garage Education Center, located at the Larimer County Landfill, you will find out! 

The adventure begins by entering the “Mountain of Trash,” a tunnel-like hallway covered in discards from the landfill. Visitors learn just how much trash they create, where it goes, and alternatives to throwing it all away. The various displays attract interest from a wide range of age groups, from preschoolers, elementary to college students, and senior adults. The Garbage Garage is an accessible facility.

Girl scouts
Mini Golf
Patio Bowling

We offer the following free, fun activities where visitors of all ages will learn about waste issues and the environment:

Tours / Field Trips

Tours must be scheduled in advance. We can comfortably accommodate groups of 10 or smaller inside our center. Larger groups can be accommodated if both indoor and outdoor activities are requested. View  GG tour information for important details and requirements. Call (970) 498-5772 or email 

A Garbage Garage Education Center field trip (30 minutes) includes:

  • Introduction to the Garbage Garage
  • Guided navigation through displays
  • Learning about the landfill, the 3R's (reduce, reuse, recycle), and composting
  • 'I Spy' activity / individual exploration

Available upon request:

  • Indoor Activities - Puppet show/story time with craft (preschool), decomposition skit with worm viewing (15 minutes - grades 2 - 3), decomposer hunt (30 minutes - grades 2-3), learn with the worm (30 minutes - grades 2 - 3), natural resources matching/bingo (30 minutes - grades 3-5), landfill model (15 minutes - grades 4-5)
  • Patio Games (weather permitting) -  Reuse Olympics (30 minutes), Trash Bag Relay (15 minutes), Carbon Game about Climate Change (30 minutes - grades 4-5/middle school)
  • Added Tour - Recycle Center Observation Room - additional 30 minutes, Landfill Tour (30 minutes - must have bus or van, and space in vehicle for tour guide - weather permitting)

Birthday Parties

You are invited to a birthday party at the Garbage Garage! Schedule a birthday party with us for your child and up to five guests. Guests will explore the Garbage Garage, followed by a fun activity or game of your choice, and wrap up with refreshments and gifts (to be provided by the parent or guardian). Dates available: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays with occasional Saturday availability. Times available: 10am - 11:30am or 12pm - 1:30pm (mornings best for younger guests). Detailed descriptions of the games and activities available upon request.

Preschool: Recycle Truck Craft/Activity, Recycling Puppet Show/Story/Coloring, Race Car Activity, The Lorax Story/Mustache Craft
Elementary-Age: Trash Bag Relay/Reuse Olympics (weather permitting), Recycled Art
Elementary-Age to Tween: Face Painting/Coloring, Canvas Painting Class (allow an hour - guardian's assistance requested)

Workshops and Special Events

The Garbage Garage staff will occasionally host workshops or special events. Check our events calendar or facebook page for special events and register today!

Drop-in Visitsturkeys

**Please note: drop-in visits cannot take place at this time.** Families and individual visitors are encouraged to schedule at time to visit the Garbage Garage Education Center during our open hours Tues-Fri, 10am - 2pm. Fill out a request form above. Call (970) 498-5772 with questions. Scheduled visitors will be given an introduction and guided through the exhibits. We'll have a craft available for artistic visitors. Discover new information about waste and recycling, and try some of our hands-on activities. We hope your visit will foster curiosity about the dynamic between human perception and environmental protection.


Contact Us

5887 S. Taft Hill Road
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Schedule a Tour or Get Information: (970) 498-5772
Garbage Garage Education Center: (970) 498-5775
Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 2pm