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Sly Park Wants Your E-Waste!

Fundraiser to Make Outdoor Education Available to More Students


If you want to unload that old computer, printer, or television to make room for the new ones you received as holiday presents think about donating them rather than ditching them!

Staff and volunteers from the Sly Park Environmental Education Center—a program operated by the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE)—will be conducting a two-day e-waste collection to raise money for student scholarships and new equipment for the center.

The collection will be held Friday, January 4, 2008, and Saturday, January 5, 2008, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Wal-Mart parking lot located at 4300 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville.

Electronic waste such as computers, TVs, monitors, printers, and cell phones will be accepted. Sly Park is working closely with Advance Computer Recycling, Inc. The company will donate to Sly Park 20-cents per pound for every television and computer monitor collected and 3-cents per pound for other e-waste items.

Many students don't have access to the rich, standards-based learning experience that outdoor science education provides. In order to pay for these types of programs, most schools hold fundraisers or ask families to pay out of their own pockets. Proceeds from this e-waste collection event will help subsidize the tuition for students who can't afford to attend Sly Park.

Funds raised from this event also will be used to purchase new telescope lenses for the center.

Sly Park Conservation and Environmental Education Center is a residential environmental education school in the Eldorado National Forest. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains at an elevation of 3500 feet, Sly Park lies approximately fifty miles east of Sacramento. Sly Park is a different kind of learning environment where the classroom is outdoors. Students actively engage in field studies, learning about the forest ecosystem and the importance of conservation to our future.

For more information, call (530) 417-3734.