Do you want to extend this unit into an action project? Having done all this work to think about solutions to a local problem, why not channel students’ energy to bringing actual change? This is a great opportunity to discuss with students which stakeholders to involve to help implement their solutions.
Ideas for Small Scale Projects
- Sharing at school: Put up posters and models in the library or other common space at the school so that other students can learn about stormwater and engineering. Share during a Science Night.
- Create A Flyer: What would your students want to tell neighbors about the stormwater and how they can help with it? Would they want to create and distribute a flyer?
- Letter writing: Write a letter to a local or state elected official, letting them know about the work you’ve done and the importance of taking care of stormwater runoff in your community. This can really influence how money is spent in our region, and help get more funding for stormwater solutions.
- Green Team: You could register your class as a King County “Green Team” and move forward on smaller projects in an ongoing way.
- Student Project Planning Worksheet – Includes an implementation checklist and notes on optimizing the solution.
- Service Learning Toolkit – In depth guide for teachers with best practices, checklists, and resources.
- Project Ideas from the Nature Conservancy:
- Earthcorps – “works with students in grades K-12 with customization of restoration tasks and educational activities to the appropriate grade level. In some schools, we work with one grade on three different service projects throughout the year. For other schools, we work with five grades on one big day of service. Each partnership can be tailored to your school’s needs.“
- Local “Friends Of” Organizations – Is there a park near your school? Many parks have a friends of organization and most of them would welcome working on a stewardship project with your class.
Possible Funding Sources
- The Nature Conservancy – Request for tree proposals due June 18, 2018. “…currently accepting proposals from organizations to support the development, design, and implementation of tree canopy enhancement projects. Grants will be awarded to projects that increase the urban forest canopy, contributing to positive stormwater management, human well-being and other benefits.”
- Nature Works Everywhere – “We are awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include: access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, and storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.”
- 700 Million Gallons – “RainWise rebates can help fund a rain garden or cisterns at your school. Check the eligibility of the school for a RainWise rebate by entering the school’s address into the website. ” This site also has grant options for homeowners and non-profits that are not otherwise eligible for a Rainwise rebate as well as access grants to help low income and underserved communities bridge the gap between a rebate and the actual cost of a program..
- The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources – “Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!”
- Youth Service America – “YSA Grants can power your youth-led service and service-learning projects year-round. Why grants? We believe in investing in youth as problem solvers to address the most important challenges facing our world. This bold strategy puts children and youth in the driver’s seat and gives them the power to plan, implement, and witness the full impact of their service. YSA Grants can help.”
Other Service Learning Ideas
- National Service Learning Clearinghouse – “The Clearinghouse is the Nation’s #1 library of service-learning resources. The Clearinghouse offers thousands of free online resources for K-12, higher education, community based organization, and tribal communities.”
- Youth Service America – “Searchable database of project ideas, plus many other resources including grants (see above).”