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How to Participate in Service Learning

Interested in participating in service learning for credit?  Consider registering for G-199 (Service Learning in Geology).

Please read this page completely for instructions on how to sign up, and what to do prior to the event, the day of the event, and after the event.



Registration. Even though Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects are done at a time/place convenient to the participant, and there is no limit on the number of people who can participate, registration for DIY projects is still required.  Use the registration link to the right (or from the drop-down menu).  Information regarding a project, including materials needed to complete the project, will be emailed to registrants. 




Logistics for in-person events.

The Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) offers multiple service learning projects each semester.  Please review the scheduled dates and times listed to the right.  Utilize the links to learn more about each project including associated activities, background, images, maps and driving directions.  Participation in the entire project is required to receive full participation credit.



Registration: registration opens early in the semester and events fill rapidly.
Projects are frequently done in environmentally sensitive areas, therefore participation is limited. Participants are accepted on a first come basis so you must sign up in advance - projects do fill.  To register, use the Project Registration link to the right on this web page to reserve your place—each project is listed individually in the drop down menu.  Please register for only one project even if you are in multiple classes that offer this option.  You must enter in your university username for registration. Click on the Project Registration Confirmation tab on the left to view a partial listing of your registration information.

Note on registration cancellationPlease only register for one event.  Please notify the service learning coordinator via email ( to change or cancel registration information.  If you must cancel,  please notify the Assistant Director of CEES in advance of the project so that you can be placed in another open project, if desired, and to allow others to use your reserved slot. You will lose priority for future service learning events at CEES if you do not show up for the project and do not give advanced notice to reschedule.


Assumption of Risk and Photo Release Form (submit during registration)
Prior to attending the work day, all students must fill out and save the Assumption of Risk & Photo Release Form.   Fill out the form,  print it, and bring the competed form with you the day of the project. There will be additional forms on hand the day of the project. 



Statement of Working Conditions

Projects are conducted in the out-of-doors within natural areas of central Indiana.  Project partners include Indy Parks and Recreation, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Central Indiana Land Trust, the City of Indianapolis, and IUPUI Campus Facility Services among others.  Project activities differ for each project location but will include data collection, removing invasive exotic plant species, installing native plants, mulching, trash and recycling removal, and hillslope stabilization / erosion control.  Project activities are similar to moderate yard work.  For example, participants will carry and stack branches / trash bags, walk through woods, carry and plant small trees.  Equipment, gloves, and drinking water are provided for all work days.  Lunch is provided for those work days that extend to five hours.

Appropriate attire
Participants must dress appropriately for the weather. Wear long pants, wear or bring long-sleeved top/jacket and wear closed-toe and closed-heel shoes. No Shorts, Sandals, Crocs or Keens.

Bottled Water Statement
We do provide bottled water at each service project for the health and safety of our participants and recycle all bottles used.  However, to help reduce our environmental footprint and reduce the cost of program supplies, we ask participants to bring their own 1 L reusable bottle filled with water.

Scheduled Rain Dates
Participants must be available for both the project date and scheduled rain date.  All projects are subject to change with weather conditions.  If weather conditions are unfavorable for a service learning project, the cancellation notice will be posted by 7 AM of work day on the service learning web site and emailed to each registered participant.  The project will then be held on the already scheduled rain date.  Please do not call to ask about cancellations.  All information can be found on our website.  If you do not see a cancellation notice, the project will be held as scheduled.  

We are not able to provide transportation to the project site. Carpooling with classmates is encouraged.

Guest Policy
Service learning project work days are an extension of the classroom.  Only students registered for a service learning project may attend the projects.  Please no guests, including children.

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.



End of Project Summary
Upon completion of each project, all students will be asked to complete a relective essay on site. These will be submitted to instructors and can help students with any papers or project requirements for their respective classes. The essay is not inteneded to replace any instructor assigned requirements.

Instructor assigned reflection/essay/term paper
Some instructors require students to write a short reflection, essay or term paper following participation in service learning.  We have compiled some web resources that may be useful for completing your essay under the heading "Resource links" found here:

Subpages list links to additional site information, topical pages such as the link between ocean hypoxia and watershed stewardship, and information on our partners.



For questions, comments or concerns please email  Please no phone calls or office visits unless otherwise requested and scheduled through email correspondence. We attempt to respond to all emails within 48hrs (not including weekends).


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