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Fall 2020 Service Learning Events

Service Learning registration for Fall 2020 is OPEN for Project 2 - Tiny Trash Clean Up.

Data sheets for the Tiny Tash Clean Up must be emailed to CEES ASAP.

A brief introduction to the projects available this fall can be found here.  

Information guides relating to service learning in general and the DIY service projects in particular are also available. 

 

Projects OPEN: 2     

Projects CLOSED: 2 (it's Schrodinger's project - it is simultaneously open and closed)     

Projects Completed: 1

 

Scroll down for project listings posted below. 

Use these links to learn more about: the registration process and how to prepare for your project; the benefits of Citizen/Community Science projects; why birds matter; and the local and regional impacts of trash clean-ups and invasive species removal. Information about the locations where projects take place can be found under the All Project Sites link.

More information about terrestrial and aquatic invasive species in Indiana can be found on the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website.

Note for participants in biodiversity surveys: you will need to download Seek to your smartphone.  Seek is an offshoot of iNaturalist - a community science project developed by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society; it helps you to identify plants, animals, and fungi by using your phone's camera to scan the environment. As part of the CEES biodiversity survey, you will contribute the data you collect to the iNaturalist database.  Consequently,  you will need to create an iNaturalist account to participate in a CEES biodiversity survey.  There are several video tutorials that will introduce you to iNaturalist and help you make the most of the platform.  These videos guide you through the process of uploading photos to iNaturalist and more.  Use the Seek User Guide to learn how navigate the Seek app and upload photos directly from Seek to iNaturalist.  Both Seek and iNaturalist are free. 

Note for participants in the Great Backyard Bird Count: if you plan to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds provides help with bird identification: on their Topics menu select Bird Guide and use the Identify Birds by Shape feature.  Merlin is a free bird identification tool for your smart device.  The GBBC web site provides information about the event, including results from previous years. There are many citizen science initiatives that relate to birds - these are listed on the Cornell Lab site - all typically require the use of e-Bird

 

 

Project 1   DIY Biodiversity Survey  ** COMPLETED ** 

DAY: September 1 - October 15
CAPACITY: unlimited
TIME: at your convenience 
LOCATION: you decide
ACTIVITY: Biodiversity Survey (community science)

PARTNER: iNaturalist

iNaturalist Project Name: CEES Fall 2020 Plant Biodiversity Survey

DNR invasive plants list

 

Project 2   DIY Trash Clean Up & Inventory  ** CLOSED ** 

DAY: September 1 - November 15 (Data sheet due Nov. 17)
CAPACITY: unlimited
TIME: at your convenience
LOCATION: you decide
ACTIVITY: Trash Clean Up (community science, restoration, water quality*)

PARTNER: CEES

*degree of impact depends on your choice of site

 

Project 3    Honeysuckle Removal  ** NA ** 

DAY: April 9 (rain date April 11) 
CAPACITY: 35  
TIME: 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Eagle's Crest Park
ACTIVITY: Invasive Species Removal (restoration, water quality)

PARTNER: Indy Parks

 

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Other Service Opportunities

Can't find a CEES project that fits your schedule? Does your professor require multiple service projects? Consider volunteering with other organizations. Volunteering opportunities will be added below as CEES learns about them.

 

Holliday Park: year-round volunteer opportunities. See the Friends of Holliday Park web page for more information about the park, its calendar of events, and volunteering, or call 317-327-7180. 

Invasive Species Strike Team: meets the second Satuday of each month (March through December, 9:00AM - noon) at the Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek Park (71st Street entrance) to remove invasive plant species. For more information, contact Brenda Howard (Senior Ecologist, Department of Public Works - City of Indianapolis, 317-327-7470). 

Felege Hiywot Center: various opportunities throughout the year. Contact Felege at 317-545-2245 for more information, or go to the Felege web site.

Keep Indianapolis Beautifultree planting and other opportunities (multiple dates).