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Community Service Projects

Community service projects allow students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom to real-life situations and experiences. Below, you will find ideas for community service projects as well as a listing of events in your local area.

Adopt Your Watershed
Thousands of people are working to protect and restore their watersheds. As of August 2000, this database contains 4,846 groups that students might want to join.

Agua Pura-An Institute Planning for Latino Communities Exit EPA disclaimer
Plans for implementing an Institute to provide support for youth leaders who can involve youth in understanding local water quality issues and local water protection. While designed for Latino communities, this program is usable by any group. From University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
Environmental Resources Center.

Backyard Conservation Exit EPA disclaimer
See how conservation practices used on agricultural land to conserve and improve natural resources can be adapted for use on the land around your home.

Center for Global Environmental Education Watershed Plan Exit EPA disclaimer
The Watershed Action Site offers one stop help in planning and organizing service-learning projects to prevent water pollution in your watershed. Within this site you can access everything from scientific background information or curricula to local experts or stencils for painting storm drain signs.

Educating Young People About Water Exit EPA disclaimer
Want to educate kids about water? These free materials from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, Environmental Resources Center can provide you with the information you need to get started.

EE Link Local Organizations Exit EPA disclaimer
These pages are useful for students who want information on existing environmental programs. Whether you are looking for specific local or regional information, want to start an environmental project in your own community, or are interested in learning more about the environment through a program, this is the place for you.

Environmental Inquiry Exit EPA disclaimer
Developed by Cornell University to help students conduct environmental science research and participate in communities of fellow student scientists.

Give Water a Hand Exit EPA disclaimer
A national watershed education program designed to involve young people in local environmental service projects. Also available in Spanish.

Linking Girls to the Land
This partnership between the Girl Scouts of America, US EPA and other Federal Agencies promotes outdoor education, volunteering and conservation education. It provides opportunities for 2.8 million girls nationwide.

Monitoring Water Quality: Volunteer Monitoring
Find out how to start a water monitoring program in your area. You'll find a list of methods as well as links to national water monitoring sites.

NASA Student Involvement Program Exit EPA disclaimer
Design an experiment that NASA astronauts carry out in space! Figure out how what we know about Earth's environment can help plan Mars explorations! This national educational and competitive program for grades K-12 connects students with NASA's space exploration and discovery programs. Resource guides for teachers provide extensive support for student investigations that strengthen science, math, technology and geography skills. Exit EPA disclaimer
Do you need an activity for your youth group? Fnd projects that work for you.

Schoolyard habitat Exit EPA disclaimer
Interested in creating a wildlife habitat right on your school grounds? The Fish and Wildlfe Survey shows you how.

Service-Learning: Education Beyond the Classroom
Need ideas for classroom activities or after-school programs? This on-line booklet highlights environmental projects done by students throughout the country. You'll find ideas for students of all ages!

Volunteer for Change ( About PDF , 567K)
This guide to environmental community service features the ABCs of volunteering plus projects on reuse, recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste.

Watershed Information Network - How to start a watershed team
Would you like your students to be involved in a local community project? How about working to protect your local watershed? This page will provide you with basic information about initiating a watershed protection project in your community.

World Water Monitoring Day
World Water Monitoring Day helps watershed leaders, educators and trained volunteers to educate students and citizens how the actions of individuals in a watershed can impact environmental quality and human health.


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