The term "service learning" first appeared in the 1970s, although many educators have been combining education with volunteerism and service for years. It is entirely possible that you yourself have done service learning in your classroom or school community but never called it by name. Over the years, there are many definitions of service learning that have emerged. The Generation Earth program uses the following definition provided by the National Commission on Service Learning:
Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
In these service learning pages you can learn more about environmental service learning in general, or find out about Generation Earth's ESL program. Plus, we offer success stories with Generation Earth and helpful tips for your service learning projects.