Service Learning and Environmental Stewardship 

Get Outside: Service Learning

At NatureBridge, we teach the value of stewardship through both ideas and actions. One of our passions is giving students and teachers the resources to make a difference in their home communities.

Find a service learning or stewardship opportunity in your area

Want to engage your students in a community service project? There are many opportunities for students to volunteer in their communities. Tools and training are often provided and no experience is necessary to participate in these programs. Check out some of the amazing opportunities below.

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer, and business leaders committed to civic engagement.

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is America’s most comprehensive service-learning resource. The Clearinghouse supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade 12, community-based organizations, tribal programs, and all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning.

DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. that helps young people rock causes they care about.

KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) Consortium is a nonprofit organization that strengthens service-learning collaborations by preparing and connecting students, educators, and community partners.

Recommended Reading

The Kid's Guide to Service Projects, by Barbara A. Lewis Free Spirit
This new edition of Free Spirit’s best-selling youth service guide includes a refreshed “Ten Steps to Successful Service Projects” plus hundreds of up-to-date ideas for projects—from simple to large-scale. At a time when President Barack Obama has called for increased participation in community service, this revitalized book is sure to find a whole new audience of eager young change-makers.

Kids Taking Action: Community Service Learning Projects, K-8, by Pamela Roberts
Kids Taking Action highlights 18 community service learning projects from diverse K-8 classrooms across the country. Written in a lively, engaging style, these profiles of hands-on, kid-friendly projects offer teachers great ideas to use or adapt with their own students. In addition, Kids Taking Action presents a helpful resource list and practical tips on how to find and implement community service learning projects.

The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engage Students in Civic Responsibility, Academic Curriculum, & Social Action, by Cathryn Berger Kaye
This award-winning treasury of activities, ideas, quotes, reflections, and resources provides hundreds of annotated book recommendations, author interviews, and expert essays—all presented within a curricular context and organized by theme. This new edition maintains the easy-to-use format of the original and is enhanced to reflect the most up-to-date service learning pedagogy.

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