Service Learning

Service-Learning Opportunities with Watershed UGA

While students may volunteer with a number of events or activities that relate to Watershed UGA, we encourage faculty to visit our calendar page to explore opportunities that could be used as an academic service-learning activity for their course. In order to use one of these Watershed UGA-related service events in the classroom, we suggest that you plan in advance and build the activity into your syllabus. Please contact Watershed UGA project coordinator at, or Office of Service-Learning Associate Director Paul Matthews ( with questions.

1. If you are new to academic service-learning, review the “Introduction to Service Learning” video or attend one of the Office of Service-Learning’s workshops (, for an overview of best practices.

2. Several organizations have agreed to work with faculty contacting them about possible service-learning events, including: Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Division and Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (others awaiting approval). Contact the Watershed UGA project coordinator at for a copy of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in place with the organization. Please review this MOU and the “University Responsibilities” listed.

3. Decide what activities best relate to your course learning outcomes and goals, and communicate with the partner organization about the logistics (e.g., timing, preparation of students, supervision, location, risk management, etc.). The Office of Service-Learning can also help with recommendations and resources.

4. Build critical reflection into your syllabus, so that students have a structured opportunity to link the service activity with your course learning outcomes.

5. Email Watershed UGA to let us know what service-learning activity your course is involved with, so we can publicize and track this.

Office of Service-Learning Course Design Tip (pdf)