Service Learning

Opportunities With Our Partners

Linking Girls to the Land - Girl Scouts of the USA
Linking Girls to the Land (LGTTL) is an interagency partnership between Girl Scouts of the USA’s Elliott Wildlife Values Project and federal natural resource conservation agencies, initiatives and partner organizations. LGTTL encourages 3.8 million Girl Scouts across the country to become involved in conservation and natural resources issues through partnerships with federal agencies on national and local levels. LGTTL offers:

  • funding
  • travel opportunities
  • awards
  • workshops
  • environmental education
  • volunteer serviceli>
  • outdoor skills development
  • career exploration

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

National Forest Foundation - Friends of the Forest
The National Forest Foundation supports makes it easy for you to become a "Friend of the Forest".

The National Forest Foundation (NFF), a Congressionally-designated nonprofit, is dedicated to protecting our 193 million acres of National Forests and Grasslands. Caring for 193 million acres of diverse forest types, wildlife and aquatic habitat, and watersheds takes the effort and expertise of many individuals and community organizations, in addition to the commitment of the U.S. Forest Service.  Acre by acre, the National Forest Foundation works with community partners across the country to conduct on-the-ground conservation projects to care for our magnificent National Forests and Grasslands. Maximizing the beautiful features and rich benefits of our National Forests depends on a host of conservation practices that create jobs and engage volunteers.

Student Conservation Association (SCA)
The Conservation Leadership Corps (CLC) is the premier service learning program sponsored by our long-established partners, the Student Conservation Association (SCA). SCA recruits and places high school and college-aged individuals in jobs identified by Federal, State, local, private and other nonprofit agencies and organizations. Each year, CLC high school students volunteer their services during the school year, and for 6 weeks over the summer, to help build trails, clean up nearby lakes and rivers, and preserve natural habitats. During the summer, however, the entire session is spent outdoors working on a conservation project in a rural area or in a national park.  In addition to this tremendous service, a strong learning component is stressed. Through field trips and overnight camping adventures, the participants learn about the benefits of protecting the environment and giving back to their communities. Each year a new group is brought aboard in major cities all across the United States.

Boy Scouts of America - Arrowcorps5
In planning since 2003, the ArrowCorps5 project of the Boy Scouts of America was implemented on five National Forests in 2008.  The Order of the Arrow, the BSA honor society, worked closely with the Forest Service to identify five high-profile service projects throughout the agency. The project was a great opportunity to highlight the value of community service, as this was one of the largest volunteer service projects ever performed on our National Forest lands.  It involved about 5,000 volunteers and resulted in about 250,000 volunteer hours at a value of approximately $5,000,000.

The major projects, and links to additional information, follow:

National Public Lands Day
Through a partnership with National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), Conservation Education participates in the annual National Public Lands Day (NPLD). As the largest volunteer effort nationally, NPLD attracts over 100,000 volunteers to more than 1,000 public land sites. Participants are involved in an array of projects including planting trees, removing waste, identifying and eliminating invasive species, and building bridges and trails. Most important, however, are the lessons each participant takes home at the end of the day. This annual event educates Americans about various environmental issues and teaches the importance of maintaining our natural resources through community service activities. Participants also learn interesting facts about different tree species, the amount of pollution in their communities, and the water quality of surrounding lakes and streams. 2007 Volunteer Photo Contest

Project Learning Tredd-Greenworks Grants
Project Learning Tree (PLT) is one of the most widely-used environmental education programs in the country. Each year, more than 30,000 educators attend PLT workshops, joining the half million who have already learned how to use PLT's curriculum.  GreenWorks! grants engage PLT educators and their students with their local community in "learning-by-doing" environmental projects.  Student leadership, service-learning, and community participation are the cornerstones to GreenWorks! projects. These grassroots action projects enable schools and youth organizations across the country to make a positive impact on their communities. 

Environmental Protection Agency
Community service projects allow students to apply the lessons learned in the classroom to real-life situations and experiences. The EPA has organized a terrific collection of service-learning projects, and resources. On their webpage you will find ideas for community service projects as well as a listing of events in your local area.