Monday, January 12, 2015

Olmstead Volunteers

Olmsted Park Volunteer Opportunities

MLK, JR Day of Service
January 19 11:00am-1:00pm
 Shelby Park

Olmsted Parks Conservancy invites you to make the day off, a day on!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is a chance to start the year off right by making an impact in your community. Join us in Shelby Park to plant trees, mulch and other activities to add to the beauty of this wonderful park.
Register at Gloves, tools and refreshments provided. Dress for weather and working outdoors. Contact Sarah Wolff (502) 456-8125 for more information.

Nuts About Olmstead Parks? Become a Park Steward!
A Park Steward is a volunteer leader who receives in-depth training by Olmsted Parks Conservancy staff in order to help with park projects, community outreach and/or volunteer events. The training program covers plant identification, best practices for invasive plant removal, proper planting techniques, the history of the Olmsted Parks and more!

January 20, 2015 is the start of our next Park Steward training series.
To reserve your spot, visit Contact Sarah Wolff (502) 456-1623 or for more information

Friday, January 10, 2014

Louisville Sustainability Council Summit (Jan 18, 2014 @ 4:30pm)

The Louisville Sustainability Council is co-hosting Louisville’s first Sustainability Summit with the Louisville Metro Office of Sustainability and the Louisville Zoo on January 17 and 18, 2014.
The purpose of this Sustainability Summit is to foster community engagement and provide citizens with an opportunity to contribute to the achievement of certain goals identified in Sustain Louisville – Louisville’s first comprehensive sustainability plan that was released in March 2013.
Friday, January 17, 2014,  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Opening Keynote and Reception
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM —  Action Team work groups
Action Teams
1) Green Building and Green Infrastructure
2) Green Economy
3) Transportation
4) Tree Canopy and Urban Heat Island
5) Community Engagement
Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This is a free event, and a light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Visit the Metro Office of Sustainability website for more information.


For those looking to continue their participation beyond the Summit, the Louisville Sustainability Council will provide ongoing coordination of community Action Teams.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - Opening Keynote
Saturday January 18 - five Action Team work groups (Transportation, Green Building and Green Infrastructure, Green Economy, Tree Canopy and Urban Heat Island, and Community Engagement)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Come volunteer w/ us @ Portland Wharf Park

“Louisville’s historic Portland neighborhood developed along the falls of the Ohio River to help commerce and travelers heading both east and west.  This great neighborhood is not only one of our first Preserve America Community Neighborhoods; it will also receive one of our first Preserve America Grants.”    Laura Bush March 30, 2006 

April 14
RSVP @ Meet Up Group ASAP!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Mighty Kindess Hootnanny 2013 Community Festival (free!)

April 13, 2013
Waterfront Park
Brown-Foreman Amphitheater

Be there or be square! XD

Monday, November 19, 2012

Free Coat Exchange: Black Friday

Friday, Nov 23, 2012
Six Locations in Louisville

The concept is simple:  some people have a coat they don't need, and some people need a coat they don't have.  On Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, we bring the two together to make a difference in many lives.

Green Building 732 E. Market St.
Schmitt's Florist 5050 Poplar Level Rd.
St. Paul AME Church 11518 South 28th St.
Mary Queen Catholic Church, (St.Helens Campus) 4005 Dixie Highway
Westport Baptist Church 9705 Westport Rd.
Save-A-Lot Food Store 4148 Taylor Rd

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Community/Neighborhood Learning

Community Green Projects

Metro Parks and Recreation: Project Volunteer offers finding group project for one day that needs volunteers. Contact the Metro parks Volunteer Office at 456-8156 for more information or to schedule a day for your group.

Habitat Restoration Project (BioBlitz! Presented by National Geographic (a 24 hour event that brings students & teachers interested in ecological science together to identify as many local species as possible. This information is used by scientists to see if the organisms are increasing or decreasing in your neighborhood.)

Create a Bicycle Repair And Education Workshop

Park & River Clean-Ups (  Living Land & Waters & Brightside  )

Gardening: Planting Native Species, Removing Invasive Species, Make Composts, Plant Rain Gardens, Install Rain Barrels

Recycling Programs (including motor oil & antifreeze, Southwest Government Staffed Recycling Center located at 7219 Dixie Highway)

Start An Adopt A Stream Program (Kentucky Water Watch)

Host or Volunteer For An Environmental Education Event (Forest Ambassador @ Jefferson Memorial Forest

Create Trails / Clean Up Trails (Jefferson Memorial Forest Trail Construction and Maintenance Volunteering & Land Stewardship Volunteer Program)

Teach Outdoor Skills ((Louisville Metro Parks Volunteer Naturalists: Volunteer Teachers & Assistants))

Hand Out Educational Brochures (Global Warming, Recycling, Alternative Energy, CArbon Footprint, Etc...)

Cell Phone & Computer Recycling Program (Bluegrass E Cycling)

Neighborhood Enhancement Multi-Family Dwelling Collection Day: Volunteer to collect recyclables or coordinate household hazardous products collection day.

Neighborhood Recycle & Reuse Campaign: Host A Neighborhood Donation or Trade Used Clothing & Furniture

Useful Environmental Education Brochures (personalized for your neighborhood)


Service Learning

The Five Stages of Service-Learning

Stage 1: Find Out —> Investigate: Begin the service-learning process by asking,
“What resources do we have in our group? What are our skills and talents?” Then do some
investigating about your community needs to find out a local problem that you can help
solve, and in this case, to clean up.

Stage 2: Dive In —> Prepare: What do you need to know to be well informed about the
topic? Finding out can involve other people and organizations, reading newspapers or
watching a video, and brainstorming ideas. Get yourself into “action teams” that set the
ideas into motion. All this planning leads to . . .

Stage 3: Get Going —> Act: Set your plan in motion! Remember that action is the total
of many small parts of a well-designed plan. The action can be direct (picking up trash
at the beach), indirect (setting up trash containers so others will dispose of their trash
properly), advocacy (making radio adds to promote recycling), or research (gathering
data about trash accumulation for your city council).

Stage 4: Think Back —> Reflect: During ALL the stages it’s important to pause and
consider: How is this going? What am I learning? Anything need to be changed? Checking
in through reflection keeps us on track as we connect our thoughts, feelings, and actions.

Stage 5: Tell it —> Demonstrate: Tell the story of what happened! Report the data!
Show the photos! Be bold and loud and let others know what youth can do to clean up!
Remember to document every stage of service-learning beginning with Investigate so you
will have all you need to tell your story completely!

Clean-Up Preparation

Brainstorm ideas to continue the preparation.

• Community Partners: During investigation did a community organization inform you
of an upcoming cleanup event? Did you find a partner that would be willing to help you
with planning and action? A group with experience can be a great guide for learning
how to organize and implement a cleanup. Check out the following organizations’
websites to see if any of these groups are near you: Ocean Conservancy, Surfrider,
Keep American Beautiful, and Waterkeeper.

Where and When:
What place in or near your community needs a cleanup? Be sure
to find out who is responsible for this area to start arranging for permission. Begin to
think about best dates and times.

• Budget and Supplies
A community partner with a scheduled cleanup on the
calendar may have all the supplies you need. If you are the organizers, consider what
you must have to get the job done well and keep everyone safe. Often a manager at a
beach or park can provide supplies and arrange for trash removal after the cleanup is

• Documentation
Include in your plans ways to record the entire service-learning
process, including how you investigate, plan, act, reflect, and demonstrate. Think of
different ways you want to keep track. Refer back to the Personal Inventory to see
what skills and talents your group has. Use any available technology—cameras, video,
audio recorders.

Gathering and Reporting Data
Documents are available to help you record
what you find at the beach, park, neighborhood, or school campus. This is extremely
important. Be sure to take with you the CleanUP Debris Collection Data Card, found on
page 22. Using this card during the cleanup will help you keep track of your findings so
that you may input the information to the website after the event. Visit www.earthecho.
org/wpc/cleanup to share your findings