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Pollen Detective Community Service Ideas

  • On St. Patrick's Day, don't only wear something green, care for something green.
  • Design a game for young children related to the Pollen Detective kit.
  • Plant a tree to the parents for each baby born in your community.
  • 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 scenarios.
  • Organize an environmental walk to school event.
  • Write or make a picture book about the concepts in the Wonderwise series to read to younger children.
  • Organize a public issues forum focused on topic discussed in Wonderwise. Become an advocate. Contact your legislators on topics discussed in Wonderwise.
  • Organize a neighborhood group to plant, tend, and harvest a vegetable garden. Donate the produce to a food bank.
  • Sponsor a food drive at your school or parents' workplace or business.
  • Prepare a home-cooked meal for the residents of a nearby homeless shelter.
  • Bake a batch of cookies and deliver them to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter.
  • Organize a food drive - set up collection bins in stores, banks, movie theaters, and schools.
  • Set up an informational display at a local library on the Wonderwise topics.
  • Volunteer to help set up for a community event on the Wonderwise topics.
  • Distribute leaf bags during the fall to encourage residents to clean leaves from their streets and yards.
  • Plant native flowers or plants along highways.
  • Adopt a billboard and use it for a public service announcement.
  • Clean up a vacant lot.
  • Start a yard of the week award for your neighborhood.
  • Participate in an annual parade.
  • Plant a community garden. Adopt a town monument and keep it clean.
  • Plant flowers at the town hall.
  • Paint a mural or clean up a local park.
  • Plant flowers in public areas that could use some color.
  • Mow the lawns and care for the plants of neighbors who are away on vacation.
  • Identify corners where bushes and trees make it difficult for drivers to see.
  • Write and produce a play about plants, pollen, or allergies.
  • Set up a seed or a plant exchange in your neighborhood.
  • Grow fresh flowers and deliver them to someone to brighten their day.
  • Plant a commemorative tree to honor someone.
  • Create a children's nature garden, labeling plants and trees and scheduling guided tours.
  • Replace trees that have died.
  • Form a volunteer lawn mowing service with your friends.
  • If you see a tree that's in trouble, try to save it. Pamper it, water it, or don't water it as the case may be. Find out what's wrong with it and how to make it better.
  • Start an environmental club.
  • Clear a new trail at a nature center or park.

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