Here is a sampling of some federal initiatives that have service-learning elements or are well-developed service-learning projects. Links to the agency are included to help interested folks make contacts at both the federal and local levels. Project people at local units of these agencies would be glad to hear from anyone in a school setting who would like explore partnership ideas.
Department of Agriculture
Here’s an example of a USDA Forest Service “More Kids in the Woods” project:
The USFS also has a program called “Passport in Time,” a volunteer archaeology and historic preservation program. Here is the link:
The Interior Department houses the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the National Trail System (among other bureaus).
The National Park Service’s “Teaching with Historic Places” program provides a service-learning resource on its website. Sites range from Andersonville and
In the spring semester of 2009,
The Park Service works to protect public lands through a teacher professional development program called “A Forest for Every Classroom.” Find out more about the partners they work with and the content of the training at:
A replicable service-learning project that originated with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy is “A Trail to Every Classroom,” which is described here:
The National Trails System lists local contacts for every scenic and historic trail in the network:
In the summer of 2009 the Bureau of Land Management helped organize a Preserve America Youth Summit in Colorado, which engaged students in activities such as raising awareness of Colorado’s heritage sites, exploring how archaeology supports preservation, and promoting culturally-sensitive heritage tourism.
National Wildlife Refuges have historic and cultural resources that can be preserved and interpreted by students. One example is the Cathlapotle Plankhouse in
K-12 Program Coordinator
Learn and Serve
Corporation for National and Community Service