Service-Learning is a powerful tool used to strengthen communities by combining public service with education and reflection. Each year, the Forest Service is involved in many service-learning projects throughout the agency. The following information can help you learn more about service-learning, and find opportunities to become involved in projects in your backyard.
In the past several years, service-learning has spread rapidly throughout communities, K-12 institutions, and colleges and universities. Even though there are many different interpretations of service-learning as well as different objectives and contexts, we can say that there is a core concept upon which all seem to agree:
"Service-learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content."