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Service Learning and Environmental Projects

Planting 500 trees in Readington Township to improve water quality and reduce erosion 

Service Learning is a credit-bearing program in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets an identified community need.  Students reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. 

The instructor offering service learning in the particular course establishes the required service hours and reflection assignment in order for students to receive academic credit for service learning. 

Upon successful completion of their work, students are eligible to receive a Student Leadership Development Transcript, noting their participation in a service learning course.  The Student Leadership Transcript will document your service learning experience by course and semester.  It is an official transcript from the college that you can use to enhance your resume and transfer applications and it should be noted on both.  Building your resume and transfer applications are one of the many benefits of service learning and they are an important part of educational/career planning. 

Examples of Environmental Projects:

  • Assisting with herpetological sampling, invasive plant management, population studies of grasshopper sparrows, mist netting, native plant production (seed collecting, cleaning) habitat protection for endangered beach plant species and tree planting.    
  • Helping RVCC REAL Club with composting with and maintaining campus garden – watering, weeding, building and participating in beach clean-up at Sandy Hook.  
  • Assisting with state-of-art greenhouse at elementary schools.  
  • Promoting recycling efforts through talks to young children.  
  • Addressing environmental issues that include green space availability, health effects, climate change, and disaster management and using technology such as Facebook and Twitter to disseminate and demonstrate findings.    
  • Creating workshops for students on "greening" their rooms, homes, apartments as well as installing low-flow water heads, composting, and strategically planting trees, etc.    
  • Recruiting volunteers to develop the campus garden and then sell produce, plants to students   
  • Leading nature walks at local parks.   
  • Conducting presentations on the state of the environment to local schools and presenting an action plan on how students can be aware of problems and get involved in bringing about a resolution.   
  • Preparing class research projects on ecological or management aspects of local public park land and using research to create educational pamphlets for distribution to the public.    
  • Monitoring water quality, restoring wetlands, assessing and addressing aquatic and terrestrial non-native species invasions. Projects can include water testing, data analysis and reporting, pollution awareness campaigns and a field trip to water treatment facility.   
  • Planting trees at the Woodschurch farmstead. Students and community volunteers planted 500 trees in Readington Township.   

For more information, contact the Service Learning Office at 908-526-1200 ext. 8284, or email:  lmoog@raritanval.edu.  Office location:  College Center, 1st, level, room C-151.       






This website was developed by Computer Science major Georgiana Haldeman through the Service Learning Program at RVCC. 
The top banner was designed by graphic design student Gregory Brock through the Service Learning Program at RVCC.

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