Service Learning for Young Volunteers: Kids can make an impact and learn, too!

Searching for fun ways to keep your child learning this summer while getting some exercise and helping to make the Triangle community a better place? Well, Activate Good has that trifecta wrapped up. Whether you have a curious toddler or an adventurous tween, we have a great volunteer opportunity to share with your child.

Studies have shown that hands-on learning is both deeper and longer lasting. And when you combine this with the good feeling you and your child will get from helping people, animals, and the environment, you can’t go wrong.

Have a look at a few of the ways you and your child can learn and have fun this summer all while activating good!

KidBlog2Improve Fine Motor Skills in the Garden

Looking for a fun outdoor activity for your two to five-year old? Join the Wildflower Watering Club every third Thursday through August at the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary.

Pick up your watering can, and learn about some local wildflowers! This is a great opportunity to work on those fine motor skills while learning the names of some wildflowers, working on those color words, and maybe even get the inspiration to plant some wildflowers in your own yard. While you’re there, why not go for a hike and check out the hemlock trees that make this park famous?

KidBlog3Learn about Science with Live Animals

Do you have a child age 8 or older who’s crazy about horses? Come down to Horses for Hope in South Raleigh to meet their stable of full-size horses, ponies, and miniature horses. They are open for volunteers every day of the week this summer. Learn how to feed and groom the horses, or help with cleaning up the grounds.

Make Food Come Alive on the Farm

With summer just around the corner, farmers’ markets will be filling up with delicious summer fruits and vegetables. Why not go to the source and learn how to grow and harvest all that summer bounty?

Volunteer at the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm every first Saturday of the month. There’s always something that needs doing on the farm from weeding to mulching to prepping garden beds to harvesting veggies, and if you’re lucky, you may even get a chance to take care of the chickens. This is a great event for kids ages 6 and up.

KidBlog1As a bonus, there’s sure to be tasty treats served up from the garden. After you work up a sweat, why not get inspired to find a recipe for one of the vegetables you saw at the garden and get cooking together in the kitchen?

Perhaps you have a child 10 or older who loves farm animals? The Piedmont Farm Animal Rescue in Pittsboro is open for volunteers every day this summer. Come out to the farm and meet their gaggle of chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, and sheep. Learn to greet each animal by name as you feed them some treats and help them socialize with the other animals. Other tasks include cleaning, organizing, and doing laundry.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about farm animals as you improve the lives of these rescued animals.

Hone Those Writing Skills

After taking part in these great summer volunteering opportunities, why not start a journal recording all your fun activities and some of what you’ve learned? For the young ones, draw a picture of the flowers or plants you helped grow. For the older ones, write about you accomplished on the farm or write a short story about one of the animals you helped.

The journal will be a great reminder of all that you’ve learned and all the good that you did while volunteering this summer!

Looking for other ways to volunteer as a family? Check out all our family volunteering opportunities here.