Environment - Service Learning Opportunities

  Learning Outside

Programs sited on Triangle Land Conservancy's Irvin Nature Preserve
2912B Jones Ferry Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Wendy Banning - Director

Learning Outside offers outdoor learning programs for children of all ages. All programs are sited on Triangle Land Conservancy's Irvin Nature Preserve; 269 acres of pasture, forest and wetlands. Our high school Eco-Crew meets one Saturday each month, 10:00 – 2:00, to work on projects at the site. If you love the outdoors, Learning Outside is a great place to earn service learning hours and to make a positive difference for our community's children! Sign-up for our Eco-Crew or to join us for a work day; no drop-ins please. 2014-2015 Eco-Crew Work Days: Saturday, November 8, Saturday, December 6, Saturday, January 31, Saturday, February 21, Saturday, March 14, Saturday, April 11, and Saturday, May 16.

NCDOT - Adopt A Highway North Carolina - Adopt-A-Highway
The Adopt-A-Highway program was established in 1988 by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in response to growing public concern regarding litter along the state's highways. Student groups (clubs and athletic teams) who are supervised by their advisers and or coaches are encouraged to volunteer.

North Carolina Big Sweep
Town of Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Division
Wendy Smith - Environmental Education Coordinator
Visit: www.townofchapelhill.org/stormwater and view planned, local NC Big Sweep events under Education and Public Involvement. Groups may schedule cleanups any time between September 1 and October 31. Supplies will be provided by NC Big Sweep and Chapel Hill Stormwater Management. NC Big Sweep is a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is litter-free watersheds. The organization has coordinators in each of North Carolina's 100 counties to plan and implement litter clean ups.

North Carolina Conservation Network
Brittany Lery
(919)857-4699 ext. 108.
The North Carolina Conservation Network is a statewide network of over 100 environmental, community and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina's environment and public health. The NC Conservation Network supports, trains and coordinates diverse groups and directly advocates to achieve equitable and sustainable solutions for our environment. Email for volunteer opportunities.

NCDOT - Adopt A Highway
North Carolina - Litter Sweep
Litter Sweep is a statewide roadside litter cleanup drive sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. It is a biannual event usually scheduled for the last two weeks in April and September. The NCDOT Office of Beautification Programs administers the Spring and Fall Litter Sweep. Student groups (clubs and athletic teams) who are supervised by their advisers and or coaches are encouraged to volunteer.
GS Orange County Orange County Solid Waste Management
Orange County Solid Waste Management provides recycling and waste reduction services at local public special events (as well as curbside, for apartments, schools and businesses in Orange County), and we rely on enthusiastic volunteers to make it happen! We often have an information booth at these events to promote recycling in our community so it can be a learning experience as well as a way to earn service learning hours. Please consider volunteering for recycling at the following events: Earth Action Day (April); Carrboro Day (May); Hillsborough Hog Day (May); Carrboro July 4th Fest; Carrboro Music Festival (September) and Festifall (October) as well as the Shred-a-thons held respectively in April and October of each year where volunteers help manage the lines and assist participants with unloading paper. Volunteers can earn up to 8 hours in a single day, and events often give t-shirts as a way of saying THANKS!

GS Scrap Exchange The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27707
Madeline James - volunteer@scrapexchange.org
The Scrap Exchange is a nonprofit creative reuse center whose mission is to promote creativity, environmental awareness, and community through reuse. Since 1991, we have been collecting materials from local businesses and residents and distributing these reclaimed materials through our retail store, community events, parties and workshops. Materials include craft materials, sewing supplies, foam, paper, test tubes, and much more. Volunteer information sessions are every fourth Sunday from 1:30-2:00. More information at
Triangle Land Conservancy
Tonya Taylor - Community Engagement Coordinator
Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) is YOUR local land trust, growing deep connections between people and the natural world. Since 1983, TLC has protected more than 15,000 acres of open space, including six nature preserves open year-round for free to the public, throughout our service area which includes Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Orange and Wake counties. TLC makes a positive, permanent impact on the quality of life in the Triangle area by safeguarding clean water, protecting wildlife habitat, keeping local farms and food in our community, and providing places for people to connect with nature. We have many opportunities for volunteers in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, particularly at our Johnston Mill Nature Preserve and our Irvin Farm Preserve. Please call or email for information about volunteering