Service Learning

Service Learning

Lending a helping hand, thousands of students have been actively involved with Service Learning projects on the Refuge benefiting both the local community and wildlife.

  • What is Service Learning?

    Tree Planting

    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:  with a subject heading "Service Learning Project Request".

  • Project BudBurst

    Project Budburst

    A nationwide Citizen Science project, Stone Lakes has partnered with Project Budburst to monitor long-term climate change on seasonal timing of plant flowering, fruiting, etc.  Anyone can participate, and all you have to do is write what you observe for any of our 10 selected plants and then input your data on the Project Budburst webpage for Stone Lakes NWR. The plants that were picked to monitor can all be found on Blue Heron Trails. It's a great way to engage your class outdoors while lending your nature observations to a national science monitoring project!

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