Over the years, the refuge has worked closely with local schools in providing Service Learning projects for teachers and students of all grade levels. Service Learning projects engage the students in curriculum based hands-on learning while providing a benefit to the local community. Under the National Community Service Act of 1990, Service Learning is:
student participation in thoughtfully organized service that meets the needs of the community, fosters civic responsibility, and provides opportunities for student self-reflection
integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of students by its alignment to grade level/course State and District Standards.
Service Learning on the refuge have included projects such as habitat restoration, invasive species removal, water quality monitoring, grassland monitoring, and Project BudBurst. Service Learning project availability that requires staff involvement is dependent upon funding, time of year, and refuge needs. Project BudBurst is a great self-led Service Learning Project that can be done anytime of the year. To inquire about a Service Learning project, email: firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject heading "Service Learning Project Request".