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Environmental Service Learning

NOTE: To register and participate in events explore the Service Learning menu to the right.

Since 1997, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) and the Department of Earth Sciences have coordinated environmental service learning projects each semester that include locations on the IUPUI campus as well as numerous central Indiana parks, greenways, and natural areas. Through the service learning program, IUPUI faculty, staff, and environmental managers work with IUPUI students and community members to address urban environmental issues.

The CEES Environmental Service Learning Program is focused around raising awareness of ecological health issues as they relate to water quality. Service learning projects work towards improving Indianapolis-area water quality and combating nonpoint source pollution through restoring wetland and floodplain ecosystems and with public education programs. Working on these projects provides the students with an opportunity to directly experience many of the topics discussed in their courses as well as to observe how communities can work together to solve environmental issues.

We conduct 8-10 work days with the ability for 20-40 students to participate in each event and up to 300 students each semester. A typical semester’s program engages 15 sections with 10 instructors from four schools, university-wide.

Our project sites and community partners include long-term and continuing relationships with Indy Parks and Recreation, City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works, the Central Indiana Land Trust Incorporated (CILTI), Eli Lilly and Company volunteers, and the Department of Natural Resources, among others. Additionally, CEES has formed partnerships with several campus units, including Campus Facility Services, to address environmental sustainability issues on campus.

To view the current semester's service learning projects, schedule, and registration information please explore "How to Participate." Additional information about the registration process, what to expect on the day of the event, as well as information concerning why we do the projects that we do, can be found here. Please refer to your instructor's guidelines for specific requirements regarding course paper research. Follow Resource Links for Internet sites and portals relevant to work day concepts. 

For questions, comments or concerns please email  Please no phone calls unless otherwise requested through email correspondence.

If you have a disability and need accommodations, please contact us at  Please provide us with at least a two week notice of the request before the schedule service learning project.

Interested in Environmental Science?  IUPUI now offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (BSES).