Service Learning Projects

Service-learning projects are an active way to learn while providing service to others in need. The projects take many forms in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. They may be one-time, semester-long, year-long, or multiple-year projects that enhance student learning and contribute to the greater Ames, Iowa, or global community. The projects may be led by student groups or clubs or even might be part of a course. This website lists current service-learning projects in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Consider participating and becoming engaged in activities that provide both service and learning!

Service Learning in Uganda

This service learning course in Uganda allows for undergraduate students from Iowa State University (ISU) and Makerere University (MU) in Uganda to work with and learn from primary school agriculture programs in Kamuli, a rural district in Uganda. Students assist with the development of a school garden and work with the teachers in grades 1 through 7 to develop curriculum to promote the study of agriculture, science, health and nutrition to the children at primary schools through the garden and independent team projects. Students apply to participate in this study abroad course through the Agriculture Study Abroad Office.



Establish + Grow

Malnutrition and poverty limit health opportunities for the children of the food-insecure, rural Kamuli District in Uganda. A program to improve the nutrition and nutritional education of women and children is in place through the Iowa State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, who have partnered with a local Ugandan, nongovernmental organization,Volunteer Efforts for Developmental Concerns (VEDCO). Today, there is a need for additional funds to assist the day-to-day interventions of severe malnutrition of children and educational efforts for mothers to prevent future chronic malnutrition.

Establish + Grow is a program developed by students and faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It aims to foster student service learning projects that focus their efforts towards raising funds to supplement ISU-VEDCO's efforts that fight food insecurity and malnutrition within Uganda.



Skunk River Navy

The Navy was formed in 1998 as a community service activity for the Freshmen Biology Learning Community - BEST, by Jim Colbert, associate professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology. As a regular user of the rivers and streams of central Iowa, he became concerned by the increasing problems facing those waters. BEST students, needing a community service project were the perfect group to tackle some of the issues. Not only was it a community service opportunity but also an educational activity, as the students and volunteers learned about and experienced the issues like water quality, organismal diversity and land stewardship.