Urban Ecologist Community Service Ideas
- Design a game for young children related to the Urban Ecologist kit.
- Paint a mural with the Wonderwise theme over graffiti.
- Feature community-minded scientists on a school bulletin board.
- Collect children's science books for the needy.
- Create a play that teaches young children about concepts in the Wonderwise
- Organize an environmental walk to school event.
- Write or make a picture book about Wonderwise concepts to read to
- Organize a public issues forum focused on topic discussed in Wonderwise.
Become an advocate. Contact your legislators on topics discussed in
- Help neighbors paint and repair their homes.
- Make maps of local parks, libraries, or historic sites.
- Petition your city to make drinking fountains and/or restrooms in
public areas available.
- Volunteer to clean up trash at a community event or county fair.
- Design a mural or quilt highlighting important aspects of the community.
- Organize a campaign to paint storm drains to prevent dumping of hazardous
- Set up an informational display at a local library on the Wonderwise
- Volunteer to help set up for a community event on the Wonderwise topics.
- Distribute bags during the fall for residents to clean leaves from
their streets and yards.
- Adopt a pothole and raise funds to repair it.
- Adopt a billboard and use it for a public service announcement about
- Find a local wetland and organize an event to clean it up.
- Clean up a vacant lot.
- Help fix a run-down playground.
- Start a yard of the week award for your neighborhood.
- Participate in an annual parade.
- Spruce up and paint the community or youth center.
- Plant a community garden. Adopt a town monument and keep it clean.
- Plant flowers at the town hall and in public areas that could use
- Paint a mural or clean up a local park.
- Mow the lawns and care for the plants of neighbors who are away on
- Build and/or paint park benches.
- Write and produce a play about a current environmental issue.
- Plant a garden or tree where the whole neighborhood can enjoy it.
- Organize a car-pooling campaign in your neighborhood to cut down on
- Adopt an acre of a park or a mile of roadside to keep clean.
- Clean up trash along a river or in a park.
- Get together with friends and make conservation posters for the community
- Encourage your parents to buy products made from recycled materials.
- Conduct an energy audit at your school.
- Monitor the indoor air quality.
- Organize an asbestos check.
- Test the drinking water for lead.
- Plant a commemorative tree to honor someone.
- Create a children's nature garden, labeling plants and trees and scheduling
- Replace trees that have died.
- Adopt highways and clean up clutters.
- Organize a hazardous waste collection.
- If you see a tree that's in trouble, find out what's wrong with it
and how to make it better.
- Pick up liter.
- Clean up a beach or riverbed.
- Start an environmental club.
- Clear a new trail at a nature center or park.
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