Discover The Magic Of ‘Upcycling’ At Summer Workshops At Resource Depot

Help create "Cardboard City” at Junk Hours on July 9.

With the arrival of summer break, Resource Depot, the nonprofit, creative reuse center dedicated to environmental sustainability and education, is excited to announce the return of its popular “Junk Hours.”

The six summer workshops offer a unique blend of fun and education through open-ended, hands-on workshops centered around sustainability and creativity. Each session features a different theme chosen specifically to encourage participants to unleash their imagination using upcycled materials.

“Junk Hours” will be held select Tuesdays, June 4 through July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 6 to 16. The schedule includes:

  • June 4: House Building — Design and construct your own dream house, fire station and candy shop using any kind of material, building from reclaimed items.
  • June 11: Outer Space — Embark on a cosmic journey by building rockets, planes or unidentified flying objects from upcycled materials.
  • June 18: Paper Garden — Cultivate creativity with a paper garden workshop, transforming upcycled materials into a secret garden, insect habitat or garden of the future.
  • June 25: Moving Meeple! — Explore the art of movement with push pin puppets, creating quirky characters from upcycled charm.
  • July 9: Cardboard City — Collaborate to build a bustling cityscape using cardboard boxes and tubes, fostering teamwork and creativity.
  • July 16: Deep in the Jungle — Immerse yourself in a jungle-themed, art-making adventure, bringing vibrant displays to life with upcycled materials.

The programs will be held at Resource Depot, located at 2508 Florida Avenue in West Palm Beach. Enrollment costs $20 per student, per workshop, with materials and adult guidance provided. Parents can stay to help or drop off.

Space for each workshop is limited to 15 participants, so early registration is encouraged. While day-of-class registration is allowed, space is not guaranteed. To register for a class, visit

“Our Junk Hours inspire creativity, imagination and a love for the environment,” said Jennifer O’Brien, executive director of Resource Depot. “From building upcycled houses to crafting cardboard cities and delving into the depths of the jungle, there’s something for every young eco-enthusiast. We can’t wait to see what this summer’s participants create!”

Junk Hours scholarships are available at Scholarships made possible with generous support of the Sierra Club Loxahatchee Group and Time River’s REwarding REuse Fund.

Resource Depot is a creative reuse center in West Palm Beach, dedicated to promoting environmental sustainability and creativity through reuse and education programs. The nonprofit organization redistributes discarded items to teachers, artists, families and other nonprofits, hosts workshops and community events, and collaborates with educators to integrate environmental awareness into programs. Learn more at