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Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities.  Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility in students.

Six elements of service learning graphic Authentic-Meets a real community need. Intentional-Thoughtfull and well-planned learning experiences. Connects with Curriculum-Brings clsaaroom to life. Reflective-Supports global and ethical citizenship Impactful-Makes a positive impact in the community. Applicable-Aligns with interests and career goals.

FCPS middle and high schools use a tool calledx2VOL to support students with finding, tracking, and verifying service hours.

  • For Nonprofits: Nonprofit organizations may create a free account to post service opportunities directly to students.  Nonprofit organizations can register an account with IntelliVOL by following these directions.  If you have questions please contact


  • FCPS middle and high school teachers may create groups in order to manage and approve student service hours toward school, course, or club goals (examples: government and civics courses, NHS and other honor societies, Career and Technical Education courses, or other courses that have service hours expectations).  Any FCPS MS or HS teacher who would like to request an account may do so by emailing with their full name, FCPS email address, current FCPS role, and school placement.


Service Learning Resources and Opportunities

Looking for a Get2Green-related service learning experience? The ideas and resources listed below are designed to help you conduct your own service learning experience.



FCPS Blackboard Family Connection X2vol website link

FCPS students can use the Blackboard Family Connection X2vol link. Go here to learn how to access the x2vol link.  Once you are signed in, you can match your interest with Service Learning opportunities and register for specific Service Learning events.  Visit the FCPS Service Learning site for more information.


Stream Cleanup Handbook PDF link.

Want to conduct a Stream Clean up Event? Use this detailed Stream Cleanup Handbook from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to plan and execute a successful event. Go to CBF’s Student Actions and Projects site for more Student Action Project Ideas.


Storm Drain Education Projects: Step by Step Guide link

NVSWCD has a Storm Drain Education Projects: Step by Step Guide to help you plan a storm drain education and labeling event. This event is a great opportunity to educate people about storm drains and to limit dumping into storm drains by marking storm drains with educational labels.


Clean Fairfax Council’s Adopt-a-Spot program website link

Clean Fairfax Council’s Adopt-a-Spot program is a cleanup project encouraging citizen participation in litter prevention.  Individuals or groups adopt a location (other than a highway) for a two-year period and keep it clear of litter.  Clean Fairfax Council provides you with materials to help with the cleanup and a sign bearing your group’s name to be posted in your adopted spot.

Fairfax County Park Authority’s Invasive Management Area Volunteer Program website link.

Fairfax County Park Authority’s Invasive Management Area Volunteer Program is a community project to reduce the number of invasive species on parklands.  See scheduled cleanup events and register on their website.

Trout in the Classroom program website link

Trout Unlimited connects students with their watersheds with their Trout in the Classroom program, guiding teachers and students to raise trout in tanks and release them in local streams. Contact George Paine, TIC Coordinator, Vienna Chapter, Trout Unlimited,

The Oyster Reef Habitat Projec website link

As part of The Oyster Reef Habitat Project, Coastal Conservation Association’s Northern Virginia Chapter works with schools to construct concrete Oyster Reef Balls which the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will place in tanks, oyster larvae will be introduced and when the spat are large enough to move, CBF will transport the reef balls onto the Tilghman Island reef.  Contact Rich Redler


Chesapeake Bay Foundation Grasses for the masses website link

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation sponsors workshops and provides containers and seeds for growing native aquatic grasses in your classroom for the Grasses for the Masses program. Workshops are offered in January to mid-February.


Potomac River Watershed Cleanup website link

Alice Ferguson Foundation hosts the Potomac River Watershed Cleanup each spring. Multiple cleanup events are held at sites throughout the region, and they have a guide for How to Organize Your Own Schoolyard Cleanup if you want to host a similar event at your school.



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