Examples of Service-Learning in the Geosciences
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Service Learning and Local Hydrogeology in the Classroom: An example from Anchorage, Alaska part of Cutting Edge:Courses:Hydrogeology:Activities
A semester long project in which students work in small groups to analyze a local hydrogeology issue of importance to the community.
Campus Nitrogen Budget part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Campus-Based Learning:Examples
Link the college or university operations with local ecology. In this study, students use a tool from urban ecology, the nitrogen budget, to research the inputs, outputs and subsytem transfers of nitrogen on the ...
Reducing pressure on a wastewater treatment plant to accelerate remediation of a polluted harbour part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
Students present posters to community partners with strategies to reduce the quantity of water entering a local wastewater treatment plant or to improve the quality of water that needs to be treated. The strategies ...
Green Landscape and Environmental Policy part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
Develop lectures that discuss environmental policy and horticulture practices in communities. Create classroom activities that incorporate green landscape design practices in residential areas. These classroom ...
Investigating contaminant transport and environmental justice issues in a local watershed through service learning projects with Sierra Club part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
Students will be applying hydrogeology concepts and methods in the lab and the field and conducting interviews as part of a coherent characterization of water quality issues and potential risks in local low-income, ...
A Sustainable Southwest Japanese Garden part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
A Sustainable Southwest Japanese Garden Project combines Earth Systems geoscience curriculum with designing and developing a sustainable Japanese garden. The garden uses water harvested from the roof of the ...
Rainwater Harvesting Service Learning Project part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
Students will gain an understanding of the history, benefits, and components of a rainwater harvesting system and partner with community members to design and build a rainwater harvesting system for their school.
The 1997 floods of Bozeman Creek, Montana part of Cutting Edge:Enhance Your Teaching:Service Learning:Activities
This project involved student provocation of community response along a local creek in response to accumulation of twice-normal winter snowpack in the winter of 1996-7.
Marine Environmental Geology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
This course is an introduction to the aspects of marine geology and oceanography that affect the environment and marine resources. Service-learning is an essential component of how students learn about the earth. We deliver part of the content of this course by arranging for students to solve a problem with a local community partner.
Freshwater Ecology/Limnology part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Service Learning:Examples
Students study aquatic organisms in relation to the environmental conditions of lakes and streams. The course develops substantial quantities of data concerning the local watershed. This data is used by community partners in many contexts.