Service Learning Projects: Project LIFE
The Florida 4-H State Council is proud to be continuing the State Service Project – “Living in Florida’s Environment.”
Each year the State Project Committee of the Executive Board recommends activities in which 4-Her’s can participate that will carry out the state wide community service project of the Florida 4-H Council. This year, the committee decided that the theme for 2017-2019 will be “Living In Florida’s Environment (LIFE)”. This project is focused on creating a greener tomorrow by hosting beach cleanups, planting trees, and participating in citizen science activities.
As mentioned in last week’s 4-H Blog , service learning projects are experiential learning opportunities that also help make the community better. These projects can help teach a sense of responsibility, critical thinking skills, concern for others, empathy, planning, and many more life skills depending on the project.
In Project LIFE, youth will also learn about caring for their environment. In a world that is becoming more and more crowded each day, everyone’s impact on the environment matters. Because of this, it is critical to teach our younger generations about environmental stewardship. Teaching our youth about the importance of recycling, using less water, not to litter, reducing our carbon footprint, and many other things will help them create a world that is cleaner, healthier, and more enjoyable.
Upcoming Coastal Cleanup Event
There are many ways to host an environmental service project, including park cleanups, joining a citizen science project, or planting trees.
One that is upcoming in Pinellas County is our District IX 4-H Coastal canoe cleanup event on December 2nd from 12pm-3:30pm at Weedon Island. At this event, 4-H’ers in District IX have planned an educational talk about the danger of microplastics in our environment, a hike or canoe cleanup at Weedon Island, and a District 4-H meeting for the 4-H’ers. This event is free and open to the public.