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Fall 2021 Service Learning Events

Service Learning Fall 2021 registration is OPEN (as of September 8 at 5:00 PM).

 

A description of the projects available this term, answers to frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and more can be found on our Service Learning Information page. 

Forms and instructions needed to complete the Fall 2021 DIY project, as well as links for Seek, iNaturalist, and other apps, are available here

 

Projects OPEN: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, DIY

Projects CLOSED (with a few spaces still open via the WAITLIST option): 2, 4

Projects CLOSED (really, truly closed): 1, 10

Additional projects may be added as needed. 

 

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 bird-related projects: if you plan to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count or e-Bird reporting, 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   Campus Tree Survey  ** CLOSED ** 

DAY: October 1 (rain date Oct. 3)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: IUPUI campus
ACTIVITY: survey & measure campus trees

PARTNER: IUPUI Office of Sustainability, CFS

 

Project 2   Campus Tree Survey  ** CLOSED ** 

DAY: October 2 (rain date Oct. 3)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: IUPUI campus
ACTIVITY: survey & measure campus trees

PARTNER: IUPUI Office of Sustainability, CFS

 

Project 3   Invasive Species Removal  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: October 15 (rain date Oct. 17)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary
ACTIVITY: invasive species removal

PARTNER: DPW/Indy Parks

 

Project 4   Invasive Species Removal  ** CLOSED ** 

DAY: October 16 (rain date Oct. 17)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Scott Starling Nature Sanctuary
ACTIVITY: invasive species removal

PARTNER: DPW/Indy Parks

 

Project 5   Native Seed Collection  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: October 29 (rain date Oct. 31)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Holliday Park
ACTIVITY: native seed harvesting/sowing, tree planting/invasive removal

PARTNER: DPW/Indy Parks

 

Project 6   Native Seed Collection  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: October 29 (rain date Oct. 31)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM 
LOCATION: Holliday Park
ACTIVITY: native seed harvesting/sowing, tree planting/invasive removal

PARTNER: DPW/Indy Parks

 

Project 7   Trash Clean Up  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: November 12 (rain date Nov. 14)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Lilly ARBOR (adjacent to campus)
ACTIVITY: remove trash, invasive species removal (?)

PARTNER: CEES

 

Project 8   Trash Clean Up  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: November 13 (rain date Nov. 14)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Lilly ARBOR (adjacent to campus)
ACTIVITY: remove trash, invasive species removal (?)

PARTNER: CEES

 

Project 9   Day of the Dead-heading  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: October 30 (rain date: Nov. 6)
CAPACITY: 20
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Indiana State Museum, White River Monarch Sanctuary
ACTIVITY: native seed harvesting/sowing, invasive species removal

PARTNER: Indiana State Museum, ROW

 

NOTE for Projects 10-12 & DIY Project:

You need to download the app Seek (and iNaturalist) to your smart phone, set up an iNaturalist account, and join the appropriate iNaturalist project associated with the service event.

 

Project 10   Photography for Citizen Science  ** CLOSED ** 

DAY: September 24 (rain date Sept. 25)
CAPACITY: 5
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center
ACTIVITY: photographing flora/fauna for iNaturalist

PARTNER: iNaturalist & Eagle Creek Park

iNaturalist project name: Eagle Creek iNaturalist Observations

 

Project 11   Photography for Citizen Science  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: September 21 (rain date Sept. 28)
CAPACITY: 5
TIME: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
LOCATION: Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center
ACTIVITY: photographing flora/fauna for iNaturalist

PARTNER: iNaturalist & Eagle Creek Park

iNaturalist project nameEagle Creek iNaturalist Observations

 

Project 12   Photography for Citizen Science  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: September 29 (rain date Oct. 6)
CAPACITY: 5
TIME: 12:00 AM - 3:00 PM 
LOCATION: Eagle Creek Park Ornithology Center
ACTIVITY: photographing flora/fauna for iNaturalist

PARTNER: iNaturalist & Eagle Creek Park

iNaturalist project nameEagle Creek iNaturalist Observations

 

Project DIY   DIY Biodiversity Survey  ** OPEN ** 

DAY: surveys September 15 - October 30 (data due Nov. 12)
CAPACITY: unlimited
TIME: at your convenience 
LOCATION: forested location of your choice
ACTIVITY: Biodiversity Survey (community science)

PARTNER: iNaturalist, CEES

iNaturalist Project NameCEES Fall 2021 Forest Biodiversity Survey

 

 

 

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.

 

Indiana Wildlife Federation Annual Monarch Tagging along the Urban Wilderness Trail/Monarch Sanctuary: 2021 tagging date is Friday, September 11, 6:00-7:30 PM. See the IWF page for details.

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).