County Launches First-of-its-Kind Virtual Tour

MORAINE, Ohio (April 21, 2022) – In recognition of Earth Day, the Montgomery County Environmental Learning Center (ELC) launched a first-of-its-kind virtual tour on Thursday.

The online experience, which can be found at www.tourelc.com expands the ELC’s reach by offering students the power to learn, play and explore at their fingertips. This new, online learning tool features games, videos and a guide to help teach children how to improve their recycling habits and reduce litter in a fun and easy way.

At the launch, students from local schools had the chance to participate in the in-person, interactive exhibits that inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment.

“We know children are the future, and their minds will develop the ideas and tools to help protect our planet in the years to come,” said Montgomery County Commission President Carolyn Rice. “The educational material in the ELC Virtual Tour will inspire this type of thinking.”

The virtual tour also highlights the importance of the Solid Waste District and the essential work done by Environmental Services employees. 

"These jobs are a critical component to the function of Montgomery County,” said Bob Downing, Assistant Director of Environmental Services. “Showing what these workers do, how they do it, and their positive impact on the environment can help motivate the workforce of tomorrow.”

For more than a year, the Environmental Learning Center closed due to the pandemic. The down time allowed staff to get creative in delivering messaging from a distance.

“The pandemic has shown that we can use technology to connect and learn in ways we never have before,” said Matt Hilliard, Director of Environmental Services. “In-person tours are back in full swing, but the virtual option offers unlimited 24/7 ELC access to students, teachers, parents and our entire community.”

The website, which can be found at www.tourelc.com, is free and open to users of all ages.