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Environment

Create the change partners with nonprofits we think have good opportunities for youth and that are interested in connecting with more kids, teens and families.

Environment

Did you know:

  • 4 pounds of trash is created on average by each of us every day.

  • 47,000 trees could be saved if we all swapped out one roll of regular toilet paper for a recyclable roll.

  • 200 years – the average amount of time it takes for one plastic straw to decompose.

  • 5.25 trillion – the number of pieces of plastic polluting our oceans. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists, and only 9% has ever been recycled. 
    We must take action now.
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How can you take action today?

Waste and pollution aren’t just hard on us – they’re hard on plants and animals, too. Everything from the air we breathe to the water we drink can be affected. Here are a few ways you can reduce waste and pollution where you live:

  • Try the “Zero Waste Week Challenge.” Reducing your waste at home is a great way to start giving back to the Earth. Here are some tips to get you started – and who knows? Maybe you’ll be ready for a Zero Waste Month once the week is over.

  • Recycle the right way. Did you know dirty items might not get recycled, and that it only takes one contaminated good for the whole bin to get thrown out? Check your local recycling center’s guidelines to ensure you’re recycling correctly.

  • Give up plastic straws. It’s important to have products at home that can be used again and again, instead of plastics that can be used once. Start by swapping out plastic straws for ones made with a reusable material, like stainless steel.

  • Find a service opportunity near you. Pick an issue or project in your community that speaks to you – and speak up for what matters. Start your search now!
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Educational Activities

Cats, dogs and rabbits at Pasadena Humane are patiently waiting for new homes. You can help entertain and keep them happy by making toys! Completed service projects may be submitted any time Tuesday ...
Not interested or able to attend our beach cleanups but want to help Heal the Bay protect our beaches and the marine animals that live in our ocean waters? Maybe you are a rockstar at raising money ...
Got Bags? We need them!
30 - 60-Minutes
Bundle and drop off the standard size grocery paper bags with handles (no rips or stains).
We hope you're healthy and staying safe! Below are some fun ways to keep busy at home by advocating for our environment. In difficult times like these, it's so important to keep focused on the ...
Every Tuesday at 11am PDT, we're going Live from Heal the Bay Aquarium. Watch our Facebook Live videos from this week and last week, and catch up with us next week.
We are all connected! Hidden Villa fosters educational experiences that build connections and inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for nature, food, and one another. Join our Backyard ...
We are all connected! Hidden Villa fosters educational experiences that build connections and inspire a deeper appreciation and respect for nature, food, and one another. We are thrilled to share ...
Recycle Worn Out Shoes
30 - 60-Minutes
Keep your shoes out of landfills and recycle them through programs that use the materials.
Seedles, or little seed "bombs" made of kitty litter, potting soil, and seeds that gardeners can plant literally anywhere. Whether thrown onto the banks of a river or deposited alongside a mountain ...
The Historic Orchard is a 3.3-acre site, planted in 1994, located in Guadalupe Gardens just south of Taylor Street and adjacent to the River Park trails. The orchard contains over 200 fruit trees: ...
Help pick up litter and trash while having a fun day at the beach! Heal the Bay's Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanups are a great way to complete community service hours, have fun with your friends and ...
Litter CleanUp
30-Minutes or Less
Volunteering with Clean Planet Project is simple... get outside and use the Litter CleanUp app to track your progress on cleanups! The app is designed to make outdoor cleanups simple, fun, and ...
Help Beautify our Garden
30 - 60-Minutes
Do you love to garden? Well, now that we are back in-person, our garden could use some TLC. We really want to bring back the beautiful garden so our children can learn through experience! Help with ...
Become a Citizen Scientist
30-Minutes or Less
Using the iNaturalist app, take photos of plants and animals to increase theglobal databank of biodiversity information used for both science and conservation.
We do everything from digging in the dirt, clipping branches, painting blazes, moving rocks, building steps, changing and building trails. Every trail project is unique and we have work for ...
THE GREAT LA RIVER CLEANUP RETURNS JUNE & JULY 2022 Join FoLAR and our amazing partners for our annual series of River CleanUps this summer. The CleanUp spans weekends in June and July, excluding the ...
Grades of Green's LAUNCH Project Toolkits are great for teachers and students and include teacher-ready materials and guides to use in the classroom. Toolkits are also designed to put the students in ...
Over the course of the 2021/22 School year, student teams will create their own project around an eco-topic. They will become experts on an environmental issue as they: identify a climate problem, ...
The Guadalupe River Park Conservancy provides community leadership for the development and active use of the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens through education, advocacy and stewardship. Help us clean ...
Adopt-a-Beach
3 - 4+ hrs
Volunteer while staying safe and practicing physical distancing through Heal the Bay's Adopt a Beach program. Commit to three cleanups in one year at your chosen outdoor place (a neighborhood, beach, ...
Volunteer for a community service event in your area or register your event now to add it to our event calendar.
Be an Environmental Hero in Your Community by Joining the Massachusetts Litter Cleanup Crew Incorporate litter cleanups into your daily walks, whether those walks are by yourself, with your dog, or ...
The San Francisco Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. Beach clean-up ...
The San Francisco Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. As we begin to see ...
The Charles River Conservancy invites you to be our partner in single-use plastic reduction. Check out our Plastic Reduction Plan for ideas on how to reduce single-use plastic at your volunteer ...
Photograph Our Parks
30 - 60-Minutes
Do you find beauty in the Charles River parks? Do you love taking photographs? Are you an aspiring photographer looking to expand your portfolio, or an experienced one looking to give back to your ...
Each year, the Conservancy works with approximately 2,000 volunteers to perform vital park maintenance work and ensure permanent improvements in the parks. Volunteer events are a great way to get ...
Ongoing physically distanced volunteer opportunities are available during the spring, summer, and fall months at Victory Programs' ReVision Urban Farm. Come lend a hand and be a part of the growing ...
Most of our volunteers work outside on the farm, but there are times when we welcome help with indoor projects such as mailings, data entry, research, IT and social media support, event organization, ...
We like to get our hands dirty building beautiful gardens in schools and we'd love your help! We think all kids should be able to eat colorful, fresh, healthy foods right at their schools. We also ...
If you like working outside in nature, then this is the opportunity for you! Time at the Field of Greens farm is spent weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables such as kale, collard greens, ...
Bring your kids to learn about housing justice and plant flowers for a women's shelter in East New York. Open to all ages, but geared toward 3-7 year olds.
Plant. Weed. Prune. Tasks depend on the season and the needs in our garden. The Children's Room holds several Garden Volunteer Days throughout the year. No experience necessary! All garden days are ...
Join our farmers in hands-on tasks such as preparing the soil, nurturing the plants, harvesting and washing produce. Because of your help, we can donate all of the vegetables, fruit, flowers and ...
Each Spring we look for a group of volunteers to help us clean, tidy, rake, mulch, paint, and set up our Sensory Trail for our therapeutic riders and their therapy ponies.
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30-Minutes or Less
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Our Talking Trash & Recycling program is an interactive presentation that teaches residents, employees, and students about what really happens to their trash and recyclables here in Massachusetts.
Planet911 is an international call to action to youth across the world using film, arts, music and media, as a way to protect the future of our planet By empowering our youth and creating a strong ...
Bean Green
30-Minutes or Less
Grow a plant at home using just a bean. Explore the plant life cycle and learn about how plants get energy needed to grow.
Bean Sprouts
30-Minutes or Less
Develop a basic understanding of renewable and nonrenewable resources and the basic needs of plants.
Best Dressed
30-Minutes or Less
Engage with the concept of saving energy by dressing appropriately for the weather, even while indoors. Then, brainstorm ways to apply this knowledge at home. Demonstrate your understanding of ...
Bioplastic Buzz
30 - 60-Minutes
Practice chemistry at home by making bioplastic from milk. Understand the environmental impacts of plastics and explore alternatives to petroleum-based plastic.
Carbon Quest
1 - 2 hrs
Utilize knowledge of the human impact on the environment to understand how everyday actions contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
Use two types of beans to represent energy generated from different resources in the United States - one to represent resources and the other to represent nonrenewable resources. Go through various ...
Creating a Force
30 - 60-Minutes
Build an electromagnet by creating a path for an electric current to pass through a wire and create an invisible magnetic force surrounding the wire. Use this concept to magnetize a metal object (a ...
Crisis Diverted
30 - 60-Minutes
Discover the importance of recycling and composting and examine components of household waste. Learn the importance of properly disposing of their household waste to reduce the environmental impacts ...
Defeat the Heat
30-Minutes or Less
Understand how humans contribute to climate change. Observe how temperature increases when greenhouse gases are released and trapped in the atmosphere.
E-Waste Experts
1 - 2 hrs
Learn what classifies as e-waste (electronic waste) and the importance of proper disposal. Explore the negative environmental impacts of creating and improperly disposing e-waste.
Egg Drop
1 - 2 hrs
Explore & Learn - Be an engineer and design a container to protect an egg from a 6-foot drop! Students will learn about potential and kinetic energy as they practice engineering design.
Emissions Reducers
1 - 2 hrs
Discover how much emissions daily activities produce and develop strategies to reduce daily emissions.
Feedback Loops
1 - 2 hrs
Learn the effects that feedback loops have on systems and how they influence climate across the globe.
Create a breathing mask from sustainable materials to the air breathed from harmful chemicals and bacteria.
Food for Thought
30 - 60-Minutes
Explore the impacts of plastic on ocean wildlife and learn basic cooking skills! Apply cause and effect to understand biomagnification by using a simple model.
Explore how natural gas, particularly methane, is produced and captured by observing the decomposition of organic materials over seven days. Understand the use of natural gas as an energy source and ...
Harvesting Energy
30 - 60-Minutes
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Learn about different energy sources used to produce electricity. Evaluate information about renewable and nonrenewable ...
How Water Travels
30 - 60-Minutes
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Students will explore the relationship between water and energy by building a model to see how water travels to get to ...
Imitate Nature's Design
30 - 60-Minutes
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Take inspiration from your surrounding environment. Explore natural structures, layouts, shapes, and patterns from ...
Conduct an insulation audit on areas with potential air leaks. Use your home as an inspection ground for finding air leaks and record observations. Once the inspection occurs, determine methods to ...
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Learn how greenhouse gases and black carbon pollute our environment and contribute to global limate change. Plan and ...
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Discover the steps of electrical generation and how choosing between renewable and nonrenewable resources can ...
Students will learn about what we send to the landfills, how it affects bird populations, and actions to reduce waste.
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Design and build planters out of plastic water bottles as a way to combat plastic pollution and waste. Utilize ...
Making Waves
30 - 60-Minutes
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Explore the movement of energy through different materials and experience two different kinds of waves, small ocean ...
Build and revise an anatomical model to gain an understanding of the sources and impacts of air pollution.
pH Power
1 - 2 hrs
Students will explore acids and bases and become a chemist in their kitchen as they make a pH indicator dye from red cabbage.
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Explore the process of how a simple plastic water bottle is made, beginning with the extraction of raw materials and ...
Request For Energy
30-Minutes or Less
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Explore the different types of energy that occur during a roller coaster ride build a model roller coaster out of ...
Sailing to a Green Future
30 - 60-Minutes
Explore green careers by simulating what green engineers may do on the job. Use recycled material to design and build a boat. Design and build a sailboat (skills to practice engineering design) ...
Seashell Science
30-Minutes or Less
Learn about the impacts of fossil fuels and explore biology by modeling cell membrane transport and the impact of ocean acidification using an egg!
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to spread the word about saving energy, conserving resources, and making a ...
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Investigate the force of the wind against materials found at home and observe how wind can alter the natural ...
Trash or Treasure?
30 - 60-Minutes
Design and build planters out of plastic water bottles as a way to combat plastic pollution and waste. They will use resources at home that would otherwise be considered trash to repurpose a plastic ...
Under Pressure
30 - 60-Minutes
Learn how Bernoullia's Principle, air movement, and forces help airplanes get off the ground, and allow wind turbines to make energy!
Who Needs Water?
1 - 2 hrs
Learn about the ways we use water in our everyday lives. Play a simple game to discover what it means when the demand for water increases, but the available water supply decreases.
Wind it Up!
1 - 2 hrs
Our mission is to empower communities to leap into the future of clean energy. Learn about the force of wind—design and engineer a wind power pulley system from household materials.
TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire, engage and support people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun ...
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30 - 60-Minutes
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