Service Learning Projects on Sandy Hook

Current Projects











If you are interested in participating in the service learning program at Sandy Hook, contact Jim Burkitt at 732-872-0380 or

Service-Learning combines academic study and community service, providing a unique opportunity for students to learn through active participation in organized service experiences in the community.  Service-Learning puts education into action, leading out from the self into the world.  Students are engaged in service:

  • That is integrated into their academic coursework
  • That enhances what is taught by extending learning beyond the classroom
  • That develops a sense of “others” and the individual’s relationship with the community

How does Service-Learning work?
Service-Learning is often an option in a course for the student to earn an A grade.  Students choosing this option are required to provide between 20-50 hours of volunteer community service hours over the course of the term.  Experiential Learning staff meet with students to determine area of interest, time constraints, and a service project appropriate to the course of study.  Approval for the project is required from the instructor. 

Students may choose from over 150 community partners, including Boys and Girls Club, local  Food Pantries, Head Start Centers, Senior Centers, Legislative Offices, and Clean Ocean Action

Students participating in Service Learning on Sandy Hook have worked on projects such as:

  • Biological, chemical and visual stream assessments throughout Monmouth County

  • Oyster Gardening Program with NY/NJ Baykeeper

  • Vernal Pool Assessments

  • Work on species lists and Virtual Tour of Sandy Hook

  • Beach clean ups with Clean Ocean Action

  • GPS and GIS mapping