Community Involvement at Coastal Georgia
The Department of Natural Sciences shares the common vision of the College of Coastal Georgia for excellence in Service Learning. At the College of Coastal Georgia, we want to instill in our students a desire to give back to the community.
The DNS partners with many local conservation organizations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to offer our biology students the opportunity for internships that give back.
Club Community Service
Many of our student organizations also participate in community service. Currently, the Biology and Environmental Clubs are partnering to help make Coastal Georgia an official Tree Campus USA (R) as part of a campaign by the Arbor Day Foundation. Our students also participate in road cleanups, waterway cleanups and also water quality testing. The water testing data is submitted to the Marine Extension Service (MAREX) to monitor the water quality of Georgia waterways and marches. Not only do the students give back to their community, but they are trained and certified in sample acquisition and analysis. Students have also volunteered their time for the living shoreline project in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources.
The faculty of the DNS at Coastal Georgia is also heavily involved in Community Outreach. Many of our faculty volunteer their time towards community education.
The Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) program is a conference for young middle school girls to help spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). At the conference, faculty act as STEM role models and facilitate activities that allow young girls to hear more about careers in STEM fields.
Each year the School of Arts and Sciences holds a Math and Science Expo, targeting students in middle and high school who are interested in the STEM fields. Similar to EYH, this program reaches a larger audience and reaches participation levels near 400 students. Faculty develop activities to expose either middle school or high school students to different aspects of the STEM fields. As part of the Expo, a Math and Science quiz bowl is held, where schools can compete for the top spot in the Coastal Georgia region.