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Students address environmental issues through service learning

Students enrolled in the college’s Environmental Science course will give presentations on a chosen environmental issue and their action to address the issue within the community as part of the college’s Environmental Awareness and Community Action Project (EACAP). The presentations will take place on, April 20, April 23, April 25, and April 27, 2012, beginning at 11 a.m. in the Perkins Student Center multipurpose room. The presentations are open to the campus community.

Initiated as a result of her involvement with the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research, Dr. Mahsa Kazempour, Assistant Professor of Science Education at Penn State Berks, developed the EACAP project for this course.

Students worked in teams, working on service learning projects and collaborating with community organizations. They were involved in various activities at these organizations, such as creating websites and educational materials, removing invasive species, and undertaking tasks like river clean-up and erosion control. Participating organizations included The Berks Parks Department, Audubon Society, Monocacy Hill, Hawk Mountain, and Nolde Park.

As its name indicates, the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research focuses on service learning and community-based research. The center is designed to be a forum for sharing knowledge, expertise, and training among faculty who practice service learning in their courses.

For more information, contact Kazempour at 610-396-6312 or via e-mail at MUK30@psu.edu.

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