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Volunteer with PNOLA!


PNOLA (more information here) is based in New Orleans and is dedicated to supporting the

recovery of the residents of Lower Mid-City New Orleans and its surrounding neighborhoods by rebuilding quality affordable housing and developing the community assets necessary for a vital neighborhood.

PNOLA needs volunteers like YOU to get involved. How can you start? Go here!

Mid City New Orleans

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Latest news and updates are posted here.

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Student Conservation Association


Interested in protecting the planet? Passionate about plants and sustainability?

Check out the Student Conservation Association. Recent news and upcoming opportunities are posted here.

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ECO-OSU Seeking Volunteers for Earth Fest Next Week


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EARTH FEST

April 22, 2011

ECO OSU Earth Fest Application

We are excited you’ve chosen to be involved with this annual celebration on our campus. Your skills and passion will allow us to succeed our goals yet again this year and make the OSU 2011 Earth Fest a statewide attraction. Earth Week will begin Monday, April 18 and conclude with Earth Fest on Earth Day, Friday April 22, 2011.

Application Deadline: April 15

All completed applications must be emailed to ecoosu@gmail.com

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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: Unveils Environmental Service-Learning Curriculum


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YOUTH PROGRAM’S STAFF TRAINING TEACHERS IN THREE OF THE LARGEST PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES 

Arlington, Va.–Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for young people from preschool through university, has launched an environmental service-learning curriculum, which it is rolling out through a series of teacher trainings in three of the largest public school systems in the United States—New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition, Roots & Shoots staff will be on site at the National Service Learning Conference (Booth #206) in Atlanta, Ga., from April 6-9, 2011, to present the curriculum to attendees. 

Created in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, the new Roots & Shoots service-learning curriculum helps teachers integrate genuine community needs and service into everyday classroom instruction. The goals of the service-learning curriculum are: to make it easier for educators to incorporate project-based learning techniques into existing lesson plans; enhance students’ retention of academic content; and to help students develop a sense of empowerment by giving back to their communities. By bringing together best practices from the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-centered conservation approach with the latest service-learning techniques, the curriculum also reinforces environmental literacy and fosters civic responsibility in participating students. 

“We are incredibly excited about introducing our new service-learning curriculum in schools across the country,” said Erin Viera-Orr, Roots & Shoots program manager and service-learning specialist in California.

“Training teachers with this new resource will make a dramatic difference in the lives of students and have a measurable impact on their communities. In the past, teachers had to find creative ways to include service learning in the classroom, but our new curriculum is aligned with educational standards, and simplifies the integration of service into lesson plans and academic goals.” 

The process begins when teachers and students work together to identify needs in their communities. Looking holistically at the range of issues facing people, animals and the environment, they develop a classroom campaign that uses academic and life skills to address issues that concern them. The service projects are then incorporated into the classroom curriculum. The curriculum also engages students as participants and leaders while emphasizing the value of education. For students, the curriculum answers the “Why” in “Why are we learning this?”

“In our current educational climate, the integration of real-life issues into classroom lessons is of critical importance,” said Maureen P. Smith, president of the Jane Goodall Institute.

“We need to focus on training young people about local and global issues and how they can solve them. With this new curriculum we are enhancing the existing educational system, and helping young people understand the ways they can effect change in their communities and the world.” 

This comprehensive service-learning resource includes nine different curricula addressing elementary, middle and high school students, as well as extension activities for gifted students and modifications for those with special needs. Available at no cost to educators online, the curriculum and associated resources can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org/janegoodall. For more information about Roots & Shoots and service learning, please visit http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/servicelearning 

The launch of the new service-learning curriculum comes at an exciting time for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. February 2011 marked Roots & Shoots’ 20th anniversary. Twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students started what has become an international movement of young people dedicated to creating a better world. Today in more than 120 countries, hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members work together on youth-led service projects to improve communities and to make the world better for people, animals and the environment we all share. For more information on the 20th anniversary of Roots & Shoots, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/20thanniversary

About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org

About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org. 

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.

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Give and Surf Volunteer Opportunity


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Friends of Give and Surf,

I am happy to share with you information about my non-profit volunteer organization Give and Surf in the islands of Bocas del Toro, Panama.  We are interested in hosting yourself and volunteers from your college at some point in the future.  We feel very fortunate to work with an indigenous Ngobe Indian community on the following initiatives; water catchment installations, educational programs, playground/community constructions, and much more. 

Please view our website at giveandsurf.org for more information on who we are, our volunteer program, and what to expect when volunteering with us in paradise.  If you have a volunteer resource center or website where I can provide students with information please feel free to post our website or contact me.  I also welcome the opportunity to visit your campus and discuss our organization with you in person.

Please feel free to contact me personally with any questions at info@giveandsurf.org.

Hope you can join us,  

Neil and Jaime

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Summer Camp Counselor Positions with Sierra Club


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It is time again to recruit some kid-loving nature nerds!  

Nature Camp is sponsored this year by the Sierra Club!

We are taking applications for counselors for this summer.

  • The 1st week is June 6-10. The 2nd is June 13-17. 
  • A few meetings for training will be scheduled. Also the Saturday before, during and after camp are mandatory for preparation.
  • Must be outgoing, able and love to explore nature with children. This involves getting dirty, sweaty, bug bites, holding critters and a whole lot more!
  • Counselors’ hours are from 8am-1ish. On Friday we have a family picnic so our day could be until 4 pm.
  • We have Sr. and Jr. counselor paid positions available. Education and experience would be helpful.
  • Floaters are also needed. This is volunteer based. Great for past campers or nature nerd teens that need something to do.  
  • There will be 4 teams, each with 10 campers. A Sr and Jr counselor will be leading a team. Guiding them on hikes, canoeing, tree climbing, building a fort (secrete hideout), attending the educational programs provided and modeling, safety, good sportsmanship and of course respect for our earth!

If you or someone you know can help teach our future generations to love and respect the wonders of nature then please e-mail naturecamp11@gmail.com

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Stillwater Trash-Off, April 9


For details of the 2011 Stillwater “Trash Off” go to: http://stillwater.org/content/2011/trash-off.php

This is a great opportunity for those who serve and even those we serve to come together and make a difference in Stillwater, shoulder-to-shoulder.

The morning starts at 9am at The Moose Lodge with donuts and a brief safety presentation. Then, groups get gloves and trash bags and hit the streets!

Done at noon.  Free food from noon-1:00pm.

Please RSVP your group to aid their planning for the day.

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