Appalachia– Science in the Public Interest (ASPI) has been a sponsor of the fieldwork component of service learning courses for over ten years.
As distinguished from traditional community service, service-learning is intentionally linked with an academic institution and incorporates specific goals for community service.
We facilitate on-site housing, cultural outings, and daily projects out of our Small Town Demonstration Center at our main offices in Mount Vernon, KY. Our other educational facilities are located on close to 200 acres of old growth forest at our Rockcastle River Wilderness Site in Livingston, KY.
Ecosystems, Energy, Food Systems, Culture
The service-learning projects we facilitate include projects in each of our program focus areas and out in the field with community partners. Most groups volunteering more than a single day usually prefer to contribute in a variety of ways. Occasionally, through a class structure or the mission of a group, service-learners will prefer to concentrate in one area, such as environmental education or sustainable agriculture.
For the program introduction and donation rates, please read:
Housing, Meals, Fees
Service-Learning Community Partners:
ASPI's service-learning projects include local and regional organizations and local community members. When possible, service-learning programming includes a “Farm Day” working on projects at different local homesteads. Complete this form to confirm interest in possibly serving as a "Farm Day" host for service-learning students.
ASPI has offered regular internship positions in the past, including grant-based internships for special projects. ASPI interns may be from the local community or be "in-residence" for the length of the internship. ASPI will assist in providing housing and local foods for visiting interns when this program resumes.
ASPI is not currently accepting applications, but following are some past internship opportunities:
High School Students