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Summer with Mother Nature

As the semester winds down, I have been trying to find a way to balance my career interests in public health and environmental management. I used to view it as a battle between SPH and SPEA; however, it does not need to be an “either/or” situation. If you’re willing to sacrifice a couple hours a week, volunteering to help promote land conservation or food sustainability can give you the perfect fix. To aid you in your search, I have compiled a list of organizations around Monroe County that will hopefully curb your environmental cravings.22

Citizens’ Climate Lobby

Take Action to Solve the Climate Crisis

Opportunity: Sustainable Climate Environmental Advocate


  • Commitment: 6 hours a month
  • Contacting and meeting with Congressional leaders
  • Writing letters to the editors of national and local newspapers
  • Attending monthly national conference calls
  • Educate Congress and the public about global warming and legislative solutions

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation

We strive to provide the highest quality parks, recreation services and greenspace to enhance the quality of life for our community.


  1. National Trails Day 2015 (9:00-12:00PM on Saturday, June 6)

Location: Griffy Lake Nature Preserve, 3300 N. Headley Rd.

Duties: Volunteers are needed to help maintain Griffy Lake Nature Preserve.

  1. Bryan Park Creek Maintenance Days (5:30-7:00PM on Wednesday, July 1)

Duties: Volunteers assist with monthly upkeep of this natural area along beautiful Bryan Park Creek. Help maintain native plants by cutting back overgrown brush, removing invasive plants, and collecting native plant seeds.

  1. Ferguson Dog Park Cleanup Days (5:30-7:00PM on Wednesday, July 8)

Duties: Several landscaped areas enhance the aesthetics of the dog park and help address potential environmental hazards associated with maintaining the park. Volunteers learn more about the proactive work being done by our natural resources area and help maintain the native plant areas.

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard increases access to healthy food for all people in need in ways that cultivate dignity, self-sufficiency, and community.

Opportunity: Garden Volunteer


  • Commitment: 1-2 hours a week
  • Varies from prepping garden beds, to planting, composting, weeding, mulching, or harvesting

Garden Hours

Mondays 5pm-7pm at Butler Park Garden
Tuesdays 5pm-7pm at Crestmont Garden
Wednesdays 10am-12pm at Banneker Garden
Wednesdays 4pm-6pm at Pantry Garden
Thursdays 9am-11am at Crestmont Garden

If you want more responsibility, apply to be a garden intern! Contact Kendra, or check out our Garden Volunteer Manual for more information.

Sycamore Land Trust

Our mission is to preserve the disappearing natural and agricultural landscape of southern Indiana.

Opportunities: outdoor maintenance workdays and year-round monitoring of Sycamore Land Trust preserves25

  1. Hoosier Hikers Council Workdays (9:00AM-3:00PM, Third Thursdays)

Location: The Laura Hill Nature Preserve at Downey Hill

Duties: clip bushes, drag fallen branches, rake leaves from the path, dig “benches” and “drains” to level out the tread and control water flow, and scrape the trail to smooth it out.

An updated list of other volunteer opportunities is listed here.

WildCare Inc.

Providing professional care to sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife in Indiana


Opportunity: Wildlife Volunteer


  • Commitment: minimum of one 2-hour to 4-hour shift per week.
  • Complete an application and submit a training fee of $30.
  • Diet preparation, feeding, and cage
  • Work side by side with experienced volunteers

If you’re struggling on balancing your career interests in the SPH and SPEA, I have good news! There will be a joint Career Expo between the two schools on Thursday, September 24th in Alumni Hall. Freshen up your resume with some volunteering over the summer and you’ll be set for this event in the fall.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetShannen Keene is a junior from Ellettsville, IN pursuing a degree in Community Health. Bloomington has taught her the value of diversity, culture, and good food. After graduation, she hopes to serve for AmeriCorps and explore career options in environmental health. Until then, her days will be filled with eating ice cream and watching Scandal.


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IUSPH Career Services

Job opportunities for Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington majors are diverse and expanding as the emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle grows around the world. Career Services experts in each of our academic departments will provide one-on-one counseling and career building opportunities throughout your academic career, from choosing the right major to developing a strategy to find a job. They can assist you with:

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