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Good ECs for Environmental Science?

CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
What are some good environmental science related extracurriculars? I was thinking of founding an organization in my town to help clean and maintain our parks.

Replies to: Good ECs for Environmental Science?

  • inthegardeninthegarden Registered User Posts: 562 Member
    That sounds like a good idea. Are there any endangered native birds, butterflies or bees in your area ? Could your organization start a native plant area in a park to create a small habitat for the particular endangered species (of course, this would require a bit of research on your part.)

    Does your school have an Envirothon competition? How about a recycling program?
  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    I'd be willing to look in and see if we have something like a native species! I'm not sure what an Envirothon competition is, and we don't have a recycling program.

    We have a trail that's really important to the town's history, I could try and clean that too. Would a good idea be to just really focus on starting an organization/group to try and make the town clean and nice?
  • inthegardeninthegarden Registered User Posts: 562 Member
    https://www.envirothon.org

    ^^ Maybe one of your science teachers would be willing to sponsor this in your school?

    I think that starting an organization to clean the park/historic trail is a fine idea, especially if it is something you would personally enjoy, and would demonstrate leadership and community involvement. Making a small native plant habitat (even if only a few square feet as a demo) could be an add-on later if you decided to expand the focus. If at all interested, you could google "native plant society" and the name of your state, and I'd bet you could find resources and info.

    If you contact the environmental science dept. of your state university system and explained that you are trying to develop high school EC projects, I imagine someone would be happy to give you more ideas!
  • EmpireappleEmpireapple Registered User Posts: 437 Member
    Check to see if your state's Department of En. Con. has a summer camp or summer/other programs. My S attended our state's and from there was chosen as a volunteer for future summers where he acted as a camp counselor (as a volunteer) at a teen ecology camp. Consider getting involved in Scouting - lots of merit badged and opportunities there. Consider getting a job at a farm or local plant nursery. Check out your cooperative extension program. There may be opportunities there. There is always starting an environmental club at school if yours doesn't already have one.
  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    Thank you all for these great ideas! I'll get ahold of the DNR, IU, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on going further with my ideas. I know my school used to have an Environment Club but we don't anymore, I'll definitely look into restarting that. Summer camps sound super fun, I'd like to help lead one. Thanks again!
  • inthegardeninthegarden Registered User Posts: 562 Member
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  • inthegardeninthegarden Registered User Posts: 562 Member
    Don't know why that first link isn't working but yo should find it if you google "The Natural Heritage of Indiana" and/or "Indiana tallgrass prairie."
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 2,349 Senior Member
    Does your school really not recycle even plastic bottles or paper? That would be the low-hanging fruit - a project both important and easy to work on.
  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 Registered User Posts: 102 Junior Member
    ^ We do recycle, I just read the question wrong. It's completely done by the janitorial staff.

    I actually went to a state park today and they were talking about mussels and how important they are to our rivers, so I'm thinking of doing something with mussels.

    We have 3 nature preserves in my county! I could definitely contact the department that takes care of them and ask if I can assist.
  • AwristotelAwristotel Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    I also want to try and organize a community clean-up event or something similar? How would I go about doing this?
  • GatormamaGatormama Registered User Posts: 531 Member
    Maybe reach out to the existing service orgs in your community; a lot of times they are happy to sponsor or work with you on a project. (Kiwanis or whatever)
  • AwristotelAwristotel Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    We have a Kiwanis club at school that I am a part of. Do you think they would sponsor me organizing an independent event?
  • GatormamaGatormama Registered User Posts: 531 Member
    Can't hurt to ask - don't know if you don't try!
  • AwristotelAwristotel Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Ok. I will definitely try
  • CheddarcheeseMNCheddarcheeseMN Registered User Posts: 2,349 Senior Member
    OP, I suggest getting involved in existing environmental organizations if you have a genuine interest. It sounds like you are interested in leading without having been a participant. Getting involved in existing activities can be useful for getting the experience and local info you would need to be successful in your future activities, which could involve leadership.
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