Students will participate in a team-based service learning activity that applies research-based principles to a food, agricultural or natural resource issue, situation, and/or problem.

Scholars will be assigned to one of the team research-based service projects with about ten students on a team. Scholars will engage in the education, research, and planning of their project one day a week. Teams will present their project at the end of the program with a poster or presentation.

In the past, we worked with a variety of individuals in the agricultural sciences to give our scholars a truly unique service learning experience. Examples of service learning projects (SLPs) in which our scholars participated:

  • Landscape Contracting Program: Introduction to residential landscape design.
  • Agricultural Education Program: Surveying municipal trees to minimize public risk.
  • The Arboretum at Penn State: Children's garden project to maximize pollinator and native plant education.
  • The Sustainability Institute and Student Farm: Partnering food production with sustainable practices.
  • The Pasto Museum: Agriculture through history, how to create an educational display.
  • Water Quality Project: Evaluating the concentration of lead content in the contributed water samples.

COVID Update: Although we are eagerly planning for an in-person experience, the health and safety of our community continues to drive the University’s decision-making, and we are prepared to quickly respond to changing pandemic conditions.

For more details, visit Penn State’s COVID-19 Information Website.

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