Making a Video or PowerPoint of the Community

Observe and film local environment and community to explore possible areas for future service learning projects.


To develop a presentation that provides an overview of key environmental issues in your community


  • Video recorders (for example, in phones) or PowerPoint software
  • Alternatives such as poster paper or a chalkboard can also be used
  • Paper
  • Pencils


Varies: one to three 1-hour sessions


This project is a good starting point for deciding upon future service learning activities. Have your kids plan and put together a presentation about the environment and their community. 

The presentation can follow this format:

  • An introduction to the community
  • The condition of water in the community
  • The condition of soil in the community
  • Biodiversity in the community
  • Effects/impacts/contributions to climate change
  • Conclusion

Additional Activities

Kids can also produce a radio program, make a video into a DVD, use a GPS community map, or build a community or club webpage.

This lesson plan is an activity from the Environmental Activities for Youth Clubs and Camps, a resource developed by the Peace Corps Office of Overseas Programming and Training (OPATS). It was contributed by Peace Corps/Costa Rica.

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