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Want to help your local community and environment? Then donate your time to a Community Service Project.

Learn more about what serivice learning is and see sample projects:

Service Learning: Education Beyond the Classroom (PDF) (32pp, 934K About PDF)
Need ideas for activities? This on-line booklet highlights environmental projects done by students throughout the country. You'll find ideas for students of all ages!


Check out these great resources for environmental community service opportunities!

kids planting a tree

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Adopt Your Watershed
Learn about what groups in your area are doing to protect watersheds, and find out how you can help.

Alliance for Climate Education
Alliance for Climate Education encourages you to do one thing to help the environment. What will you do?

Create a new climate for action
Join with other teens to green your energy scene. You can make a difference to the planet, children's health, and the future. Use the tools on this site to get smart on how you can help and calculate your impact. Become a Climate Ambassador by motivating your friends, school, and community to address climate change and children's health.

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

Global Water Sampling Project
Collaborative project that allows the participant to compare water quality of local water streams, lakes, etc. with other fresh water sources around the world.

GLOBE: Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment
This site is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment.

Great Lakes Ecopages
This site provides information on the biodiversity of the Great Lakes and the partnerships and habitat restoration techniques being implemented to conserve Great Lakes biodiversity.

Journey North
A global study of wildlife migration. Students in North America track the journeys of a dozen migratory species and share their own field observations with classrooms across the Hemisphere.

National Apprentice Ecologist Awards
Programs to involve youth in environmental service projects.

Teens for Planet Earth
Check out this site to learn more about how YOU can protect this amazing planet. This site has facts about the natural world, the latest conservation news, and how teens can - and do - make a difference by carrying out environmental service-learning projects in their communities.

Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools
EPA's Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools helps your school and school district reduce the amount of waste you generate. You'll learn how to start a waste reduction program or expand an existing one. The guide will show you how your program can benefit your school, your community, and the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling your waste.

Volunteer for Change (EPA530-K-01-002)(PDF) (24pp, 567K About PDF ) May 2001
This guide to environmental community service features the ABCs of volunteering plus projects on reuse, recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste.

Volunteer for Change: A Guide to Environmental Community Service en EspaƱol (PDF)
(23 pp, 577K About PDF )
This guide to environmental community service features the ABCs of volunteering plus projects on reuse, recycling, composting, and household hazardous waste.

Volunteer Water Quality 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.

Wildlife Watch
Monitor wildlife in your area.

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.

Your Environment, Your Choice
This site will help you be able to make environmentally sound choices about the products and natural resources you use, the waste you create and the environment in which you live.


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