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From the Waste In Place curriculum to the Patch Program, our youth programs are helping create environmental stewards, giving Texas a bright future!

  • Don’t mess with Texas® Art Contest

    More information on the 2018 KTB Awards for Individuals and Organizations will be made available early next year.
    • Nominations Open January 2018
    • Nominations Due February 2018

    Congratulations to the winners of the Don't mess with Texas® Art Contest! More than 4,300 students participated from 136 communities across Texas.

    2018 Winners


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    Estrella Delgadillo | Rockdale Elementary, Rockdale


    1st Emma image small

    Emma Donohue | Anita Scott Elementary, Royse City


    2nd Katherine image small

    Katherine Sunwoo | Dallas Art Studio, Irving


    3rd Abhishek image small

    Abhishek Venkat Doddi | McCoy Elementary, Carrollton


    4th Karis image small

    Karis Lee, 4th grade | Cornerstone Elementary, Sugar Land


    5th June image small

    June Kim | Great Oaks Elementary, Round Rock


    6th Juan image small

    Juan Elias Cepeda | Lucio Middle School, Brownsville


    7th Stacy image small

    Stacy Chen | Beckendorff Junior High, Katy


    8th Frederick image small

    Frederick Herrin | Goldthwaite Middle School, Goldthwaite


    9th Ariana image small

    Ariana Kimball | Duncanville High School, Duncanville


    10th Caitlyn Marie image small

    Caitlyn Marie Cruz | Robert G. Cole High School, San Antonio


    11th Aishani Cover image small

    Aishani Sil | Liberty High School, Frisco (cover art)


    12th Hope image small

    Hope Cahill | Pine Tree High School, Longview

    Order the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar

    Interested in receiving a FREE copy of the 2017 calendar? Submit this form to request up to two calendars per mailing address.


    Call Keep Texas Beautiful at 1-800-CLEAN-TX or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





  • Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship

    Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship

    The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

    The deadline for the 2017 scholarship contest has passed. Winners will be announced in June. For more information, please visit

  • Litter Force

    Litter Force

    The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is now targeting even younger Texans with its litter-prevention campaign. The Litter Force Team teaches elementary-age children about the perils of littering and how they can help ‘blast the trash’ and protect Texas roadways from litter.
  • Patch Program

    The Keep Texas Beautiful Patch Program is designed to give recognition to the outstanding efforts of Scouts in their communities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire youth or other youth group members may earn patches by participating in various events.


    Keep Texas Beautiful’s Youth Patch Program was launched and supported by the Honorable Ruthe Jackson, a founding member of KTB and councilwoman in Grand Prairie. For years Ms. Jackson fulfilled patch orders out of her home. Eventually, the state office took over the ordering and inventory duties, but through the years the program fell by the wayside.

    At Ms. Jackson’s urging, the Youth Committee revived the program. The committee redesigned and reordered patches, and Ms. Jackson paid for the initial inventory. She requested that KTB charge a fee for the patches in the future, so that KTB could maintain an inventory for years to come.

    We continue to improve our patch program in Ms. Jackson’s memory. Today we have five different patches, and more in the works. We now offer toolkits that include ideas for earning patches and flyers to promote them. We believe that recognizing youth for their environmental efforts is key to creating a sustainable future.


    • To provide the opportunity to honor Scouts for their significant contributions toward keeping Texas beautiful.
    • To educate Scouts about the Keep Texas Beautiful mission and to involve them in community activities relating to our focus areas of litter prevention, beautification and waste reduction.


    KTB Logo Patch

    Keep Texas Beautiful
    Earn the Keep Texas Beautiful patch by participating in a cleanup event, improvement project, or environmental activity that is sponsored by a KTB affiliate.

    DMWTTO Patch

    Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off
    Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off patches are earned by participation in a cleanup event or improvement project that is done during the designated Trash-Off days.

    IKTB Patch

    I keep Texas BEAUTIFUL
    Earn the I Keep Texas Beautiful patch by participating or hosting any activity relating to litter prevention, beautification, waste reduction, or environmental education.

    I Can Dig It Patch

    I Can Dig It
    The I Can Dig It patch can be earned by doing a project that involves digging in the dirt and beautifying your community.

    KTWC Patch

    Keep Texas Waterways Clean
    The KTWC patch can be earned by participating or hosting a Keep Texas Waterways Clean event.

    Order Now!

    You can also download an Order Form, flyers to promote the program, and our Patch Program Toolkit, full of innovative ideas and incentive programs for scouts and other groups.

    For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 1-800-CLEAN-TX.

    A big thank you to the Youth Task Force who assisted in revamping the KTB Youth Patch Program!

  • Waste In Place

    The Waste in Place curriculum addresses the problem of waste and its disposal alternatives, and emphasizes responsible solid waste handling practices through hands-on activities for pre-K to 6th grade students. This unique curriculum aims to help youth have a better understanding of their community, the environment, and to explore how they can make a difference in litter prevention and community improvement.

    Learn more about Waste in Place from Keep America Beautiful here.

    Curriculum Goals

    • Increase awareness and knowledge of solid waste problems
    • Use hands-on activities to teach students how to properly dispose of and handle solid waste
    • Promote social responsibility
    • Use a behaviorally-based, systematic approach to changing attitudes and practices related to proper waste handling

    • You can find more about the WIP curriculum here.


    Keep America Beautiful designed the Waste in Place activity guide to address the impact of littering, waste reduction and recycling behaviors and how to improve the local community environment. Waste in Place uses an approach developed through three years of research and is consistent with recommendations from the National Board of Education, the National Science Teachers Association, the National Science Foundation, Science for All Americans, and Project 2061. Some of these recommendations include utility, social responsibility, intrinsic value of knowledge, philosophical value, and childhood enrichment.

    In the Classroom

    Lessons are correlated, and can be easily integrated into existing subjects, and may use a thematic approach to allow students the opportunity to practice essential process skills and develop the thinking required to make wise decisions about pollution prevention. KAB’s curricula, in conjunction with all participating agencies, promotes pollution prevention education, which may include protecting natural resources, through conservation or increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources.


    Educators must attend a six-hour training workshop to use the WIP Curricula.

    For more information on Waste in Place, or to become a WIP trainer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Waste in Place training is made available with funding from Waste Connections, Inc.

    For more information on Waste In Place, or to become a WIP trainer, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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