2015 Alternative Break

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Thanks for your interest in participating in our Alternative Break program!  We are no longer booking groups for the month of March.  See the calendar below for trip details and availability.

PLEASE NOTE:  Alternative Breaks are intended for college student groups.  To participate your group would need to have the minimum number of volunteers listed with each project description.  If you are interested in participating in a service trip as an individual, please view our listing of spring Volunteer Vacations.  We have many trips that might align with your school’s break week.  Volunteer Vacation trips are not exclusive to college students and offer individual registration.

Location
State
Mar 29 -
April 4
April
5-11
April
12-18
Summer '15
Cloudland Canyon SP
GA
Available
Knob Noster SP
MO
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Trail of Tears SP
MO
AvailableAvailableAvailable
Twin Lakes SP
VA
AvailableAvailable
Cloudland Canyon State Park, GA
Cloudland Canyon State Park, Georgia
Host: Georgia State Parks
Group Size: 8-15

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will focus their efforts on the West Rim Trail, one of the most scenic and popular trails in the park. The trail often appears on postcards and in magazines as it boasts several beautiful overlooks where the canyon can be viewed. Because this trail is so popular, it is suffering from over-use. Volunteers will reroute two sections of the trail due to deep erosion and extensive root exposure in the current location. Volunteers can expect to hike up to 2 miles each working day to complete this project.
Area & Attractions
Located on the western edge of Lookout Mountain, Cloudland Canyon is one of the most scenic parks in the state, offering rugged geology and exceptional hiking.  The park straddles a deep gorge cut into the mountain by Sitton Gulch Creek, and elevation differs from 800 to 1,980 feet. The most spectacular view into the canyon is an easy walk from the picnic area; however, hikers can also explore a rim trail or journey to the canyon floor. Two waterfalls cascade over layers of sandstone and shale into pools below, with their flow depending on recent rains.  There is a plentiful supply of outdoor activities and attractions in the surrounding areas.  Off-site activities may include taking a trip to the nearby city of Chattanooga, which attracts outdoor enthusiasts year-round, site-seeing around Rock-City, or exploring Ruby Falls. If a volunteer feels adventurous the Lookout Mountain Flight School is less than 10 minutes from the park and offers hang-gliding for those daring enough to take flight!
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay at the Group Lodge, which sleeps up to 40 people, with 20 bunk beds separated in 4 separate bedrooms. There are separate men’s and women’s restrooms, a large fully-furnished kitchen area, and a common room with television and folding chairs/tables. blankets/sleeping bags to use.  Volunteers should bring their own linens for a twin sized bed (or sleeping bag), towels, and personal toiletries/clothing.
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Knob Noster State Park, MO
Knob Noster State Park, Missouri
Host: Missouri State Parks
Group Size: 8-15

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will conduct trail maintenance activities on existing trails at Knob Noster State Park. Specific activities can include: removing brush, cutting back branches, sawing (crosscut) logs out of the trail, de-berming sides, repairing erosion areas, and re-routing problem areas to make the trails safer and more accessible for users. Volunteers can expect to hike up to 4 miles each working day to complete these projects.
Area & Attractions
Knob Noster State Park is a tranquil, idyllic oasis mixture of prairie, open woodland and forest along both sides of a meandering creek. It’s a wonderful place for hikers to explore the trails, fishermen to wet a line, and mountain bikers to get outside. Volunteers can look forward to a closing night celebration with either a cookout or educational program as a reward for a hard week’s work.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in camp cabins. Each cabin includes bunk beds, 3 restrooms and showers. Group camp facilities also include a basketball court, swimming pool (summer), dining hall and kitchen that includes: utensils, cookware, kitchen appliances, refrigerator and freezer. Volunteers should bring their own bedding (twin sized sheets or sleeping bag), towels, and personal toiletries/clothing.
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Trail of Tears State Park, MO
Trail of Tears State Park, Missouri
Host: Missouri State Parks
Group Size: 6-8

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will conduct trail maintenance activities on existing trails at Trail of Tears State Park. Specific activities can include: removing brush, cutting back branches, sawing (crosscut) logs out of the trail, de-berming sides, repairing erosion areas, and re-routing problem areas to make the trails safer and more accessible for users. Volunteers can expect to hike up to 4 miles each working day to complete these projects.
Area & Attractions
Trail of Tears State Park features majestic views of the river, excellent fishing, and miles of beautiful hiking trails. Gain a better understanding of one of the saddest chapters in American history at Trail of Tears State Park, where nine of the 13 Cherokee Indian groups being relocated to Oklahoma crossed the Mississippi River during harsh winter conditions in 1838 and 1839. The park’s visitor center tells the tale of the thousands who died on the forced march, as well as the park’s many natural features. The park also has a cheerier side: shaded picnic sites, hiking and horse trails, opportunities to fish in both the Mississippi River and Lake Boutin, and majestic views of the Mississippi River and beyond. Its location right on the river makes the park one of the best places in Missouri for viewing migratory waterfowl. Volunteers can look forward to a closing night celebration with either a cookout or educational program as a reward for a hard week’s work.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in a three bedroom, 1 bath house that includes: 2 futons, 1 queen bed, and 1 twin bed. TV with VCR and DVD player included. The full kitchen includes: refrigerator, pots, pans, microwave, toaster oven, range, plates, dishes, cups, and utensils. Primitive camping for tents is also available if preferred. Volunteers should bring their own bedding (bed sizes listed above or sleeping bag), towels, and personal toiletries/clothing.
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Twin Lakes State Park, VA 2

Twin Lakes State Park, VA
Host: VA State Parks
Group Size: 8-10

Project & Hiking
Volunteers will focus their efforts on the Goodwin Lake trail, a 1 mile hiking trail that provides a scenic tour of the lake. Volunteers will assist in building low impact picnic pads along this trail. These constructed areas will provide a location for hikers to rest or picnic while having minimal impact on the natural resources.  Volunteers can expect to hike up to 1 mile each working day to complete these projects.
Area & Attractions
In the heart of central Virginia and surrounded by the Prince Edward-Gallion Forest, Twin Lakes is just outside Farmville and less than an hour west of Richmond.  Two lakes, Goodwin Lake and Prince Edward Lake, make Twin Lakes an ideal setting for a variety of lakefront activities.  Volunteers can enjoy a beach, picnic shelters, playgrounds, fishing, and 6.5 miles of trails.
Accommodations
Volunteers will stay in the Group Lodge, which has four bedrooms with two sets of bunk beds in each (sleeping 16 total).  The Group Lodge provides a great room (suitable for meetings or lounging at the end of a workday!), full kitchen, bathroom, back deck, patio tables to seat six, heating, air conditioning, and charcoal grill. The lodge also has a TV and DVD player.  Volunteers should bring their own personal toiletries/clothing.
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