Browse the project pages listed below to decide which
one to do. For each, you'll find success stories, step-by-step instructions,
and direct links to videos, curriculum, equipment, and people needed
for that project. Or, research community needs and resources, then create
your own project.
Popular Service-Learning Projects
Clean Up Trash
up trash along waterways to protect wildlife and make it more pleasant
to swim, boat, or hike. When people see such a sign of care, they
tend to take better care of a place.
Stencil Storm Drains
- Street runoff flows untreated into lakes, streams, and wetlands.
Use stencils to paint "Do Not Dump! Drains to Lake" (Stream or Wetland)
next to storm drains. Then leaflet houses to communicate simple tips
to prevent pollution.
Test Soil for Nutrient Content
- Though most Minnesota lawns have plenty of phosphorus, many home
owners still fertilize with it. Yet too much phosphorus causes algae
blooms in lakes and rivers. Test soils, then report results to homes
Compost Leaves and Grass
- Leaves and grass clippings are a major source of polluting phosphorus
in lakes and rivers. Help residents properly dispose of yard wastes.
Action - Plan, plant,
and maintain a rainwater garden or other native habitat area to prevent
erosion, slow runoff, increase infiltration into the ground, and support
wildlife. Requires a long-term commitment, yet provides long-term
Monitor Water Quality
- Volunteer monitors help public agencies watch water quality in Minnesota's
many lakes and streams. Join monitoring networks for training, equipment,
Educate the Public
- Protecting lakes, streams and wetlands must involve everyone through
simple acts such as picking up after pets and keeping grass clippings
out of the street. Every pollution prevention project should communicate
Pollution Prevention Project
Since 1994, Cairn & Associates has helped hundreds of Minnesota teachers
and youth workers to organize water quality protection projects involving
thousands of students. Based on these experiences, the Pollution Prevention
Project Guide offers step-by-step instructions for how to organize some
of the most popular projects. The Guide contains much more detailed tips
and ideas than what is given on the project pages listed above. Access
the entire Guide on-line, or download it free as PDF files.