What are Service-Learning & Citizen Science Projects?

Service-Learning Projects are the answer to today's teachers' goal of developing moral, service-oriented citizens while teaching sense of place and covering curriculum in a way that is hands on, relevant, meaningful and fun!  Both small and large-scale projects provide the opportunity to develop communication and presentation skills, organization and time management skills, research and inquiry skills, self-assessment and reflection skills, and group participation and leadership skills.

Citizen Science projects are service projects where kids collect data that becomes useful to scientists in their creation of formulation of hypotheses.  Kids literally make the observations that lead to the studies that are so important to understanding species and their behavioral and other adaptations, especially in this time of great ecological transformation due to climate change and other human-caused environmental impacts.  Kids use both analog and digital methods to collect data.  We work with existing projects and create our own projects using digital tools such as iNaturalist and others.

What We Offer

GreenPlay's staff has a proven track record in creating successful service-learning opportunities for students.  We offer service-learning project design throughout California for students in grades K-12.  Using grade-level curriculum content as a springboard, we design projects that are easy to participate in for your class, require little preparation time on the part of the teacher, are engaging for the students, and provide content to bring back into the classroom.  Students gain life-long skills and networking opportunities with local organizations and the school receives positive publicity in the community, aiding admissions recruitment.  We offer coordination of all aspects of the project, including transportation, funding through grant writing and any other services necessary to the success of the project.

Fees

We offer a sliding scale fee depending on the school's budgetary constraints.

PROJECT LIST

School Year 2016-17

Marin SEL Program, Terra Linda High School, San Rafael, CA

Guest Speaker on Environmental Education to "Redwoods" Cohort

Drew School, San Francisco, CA (Meeting to Be Scheduled)

Mill Valley Middle School, Mill Valley, CA (Meeting to Be Scheduled)


San Domenico School, San Anselmo, CA (Meeting to Be Scheduled)

School Year 2015-16

Highland Hall Waldorf School, Northridge (Los Angeles), CA, 5th Grade
Project Location: Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve (6 miles from school)
Project Description:  Students will learn about the history of the Los Angeles River and the planned restoration of it.  Two hour monthly visits over the school year will focus on introducing the students to the Los Angeles River watershed, in particular the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve formed by the damming of the river.  Students will learn about the wildlife (particularly pollinator insects and birds) inhabiting the reserve, and plant native plants which are of benefit to the wildlife.  The students will also maintain the plantings with weeding and watering throughout the year.  Arranging transportation to and from the project site and obtaining grants to fund transportation were also part of this project.
Project Partners:  San Fernando Valley Audubon Society, California Native Plant Society (SF Valley Chapter), The River Project, Friends of the LA River, LA Resource Conservation District, Sierra Club (SF Valley Group).

School Year 2014-15

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 6th Grade
Project Location:  Various Sites in Mill Valley, CA
Project Description:  Students designed a Merchant Program to minimize litter by which they drafted an anti-litter pledge and visited merchants to enroll them in the project.  Students attended civic meetings and managed all aspects of this project.
Project Partner(s): Clean Mill Valley

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 5th Grade
Project Location: Mill Valley, CA
Project Description: Students harvested native California Buckeye seeds and raised them to the planting stage for donation to local landowners for restoration along creeksides.
Project Partner(s): Marin County Resource Conservation District

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 4th Grade
Project Location:  Muir Beach, CA
Project Description: Students connected with local habitat and wildlife through multiple restoration activities, including planting of native plants, weeding, and watering as part of the multi-million dollar Salmonid Restoration Project at the mouth of Redwood Creek in Muir Beach.
Project Partner(s):  Golden Gate Parks Conservancy

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 4th Grade
Project Location:  Mill Valley, CA
Project Description:  Students raised $1000 after coordinating a series of creative afterschool snack sales to raise funds to support the feeding of hundreds of starving yearling sea lions rescued by the Marine Mammal Center.
Project Partner(s): Marine Mammal Center

School Year 2013-14

Highlight:  We received a Mayoral Proclamation from the City of Mill Valley for our work on the Minutes for Mill Valley Program.

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, Grades 1-8
Project Location: Various sites in Mill Valley, CA
Project Description:  Month long project ("Minutes for Mill Valley") designed with goal of raising money to bring the Spirit of Uganda ambassador group to the school and to the community for performances of Ugandan dance and music.  Students engaged in service projects in Mill Valley, including watering, weeding and raking of natural areas, cleaning of city public areas, and litter pick ups.
Project Partner(s):  City of Mill Valley, Marin County Parks, Clean Mill Valley, Marin Clean Highways

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 7th & 8th Grades
Project Location:  Earth Day Marin Festival, Larkspur, CA
Project Description: The students created “Sea Party,” a completely student-designed carnival within the Earth Day Marin Festival, which aimed to bring issues facing marine creatures such as pollution (plastic, petroleum, etc.) to children and their parents in a way which was fun and inspiring.  We applied for and were awarded a grant to fund the students' involvement from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. Part of the work included encouraging children to donate to organizations supporting the issues they care about through an innovative program.
Project Partner(s):  Earth Day Marin Festival, San Francisco Estuary Partnership, Marine Mammal Center, the River Otter Ecology Project, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, and the Romberg Tiburon Center.

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 4th Grade
Project Location:  Muir Beach, CA
Project Description: Students connected with local habitat and wildlife through multiple restoration activities, including planting of native plants, weeding, and watering as part of the multi-million dollar Salmonid Restoration Project at the mouth of Redwood Creek in Muir Beach.
Project Partner(s):  Golden Gate Parks Conservancy

School Year 2012-13

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 7th & 8th Grades
Project Location:  Earth Day Marin Festival, Larkspur, CA
Project Description: The students created “Sea Party,” a completely student-designed carnival within the Earth Day Marin Festival, which aimed to bring issues facing marine creatures such as pollution (plastic, petroleum, etc.) to children and their parents in a way which was fun and inspiring.  We applied for and were awarded a grant to fund the students' involvement from the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. Part of the work included encouraging children to donate to organizations supporting the issues they care about through an innovative program.
Project Partner(s):  Earth Day Marin Festival, San Francisco Estuary Partnership, Marine Mammal Center, the River Otter Ecology Project, the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network, and the Romberg Tiburon Center.

School Year 2011-12

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 5th Grade
Project Location: Mill Valley, CA
Project Description:  Students created a native plant nursery to supply plants to ongoing restoration projects in the Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio Watershed. Activities included seed collection, multiple propagation methods, watering and overall care for plants. 
Project Partner(s):  Mill Valley Streamkeepers

Greenwood School, Mill Valley, CA, 4th Grade
Project Location:  Mill Valley, CA
Project Description: Students connected with local habitat and wildlife through multiple restoration activities, including planting of native plants, weeding, and watering as part of a project to restore a local park used by the school.
Project Partner(s):  City of Mill Valley, Mill Valley Streamkeepers