Garbage Garage Education Center open by appointment only

We offer educational programs, both in-person and virtual. Current program offerings are listed below and conducted in accordance with the LCDHE's COVID-19 Guidance. Virtual education (zoom or google meet) is available by request.


Wed 1:00 PM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Wed 11:00 AM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Wed 1:00 PM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Thu 11:00 AM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Thu 1:00 PM Larimer County Landfill - Garbage Garage Education Center
Fri 11:00 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. Education Center visitors are expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation. Employees and visitors age 3+ are encouraged to wear masks. There will be a limited number of people allowed in the building and social distancing will be maintained. High contact surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.


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 

 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:

  • Added Tours - 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)
  • 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)

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 three households. 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 Visits


**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