Public Service

Public service and outreach is a vital component of the Odum School, with initiatives serving the people of Georgia & beyond.


The River Basin Center, housed in the Odum School but drawing from units across campus, connects freshwater science and policy to promote sustainable management of aquatic resources and ecosystems. River Basin Center faculty, staff and students work on aquatic management issues around the globe, but with particular emphasis on the southeastern U.S.

Service learning

Much of the RBC’s work is conducted through the Environmental Practicum, a multidisciplinary graduate-level service-learning course that gives students the opportunity to put knowledge gained in the classroom to work solving real-world environmental problems.


The student-run EcoReach program offers environmental educational activities for students at local elementary, middle and high schools and at community events. Students learn about topics such as conservation, biodiversity and natural history through hands-on activities.