As a required component of this course, students will complete five service learning volunteer hours with a local or state environmental project, group, or organization. Participation in these service hours will allow students to:
“Appreciate the value of local as well as international collaboration in resolving environmental problems.”
“Appreciate that human society is both directly and indirectly linked to the environment at a number of levels and at a variety of scales.”
“Demonstrate the personal skills of cooperation and responsibility appropriate for effective investigation and problem solving.”
Each student will complete a minimum of five hours of service each semester, with the option of completing more hours to earn extra credit.
Completing all five required hours will earn 25 points. Each additional hour beyond five hours will earn a student an extra point. Collectively, service hours will be capped and are limited to 10 hours, totaling a possible 30/25 points.
To document service hours, students will complete a simple post on the class blog below. To get full credit, the post will state/summarize:
- Date of service, number of hours, location
- Name of organization/project
- Supervisor’s name and brief job description
- 250-300 word summary of the service completed and its relation to APES, careers in environmental science, and community
- A few (fun!) pictures of the student’s completion the service
Additionally, an email confirmation from the on-site supervisor of the organization must be sent to Mr. Esler in order to verify completed service hours.