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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 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 focus of CEES's Environmental Service Learning Program is to raise 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 through public education programs. Working on these projects provides students with an opportunity to directly experience many of the topics discussed in their courses, as well as a chance to observe how communities can work together to solve environmental issues.

Each semester, we conduct 8-10 work days with the ability for 20-40 students to participate in each event. In a typical semester, the Center's service learning program engages 15 sections with 10 instructors from four schools, university-wide; over 300 students participate.

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 the links in the sidebar. 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 any course-specific research paper that may be assigned as part of the service learning experience. Follow Resource Links for internet sites and portals relevant to work-day concepts. 

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

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

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