What is an Alternative Break with the American Hiking Society?
American Hiking Society’s Alternative Breaks are volunteer trail stewardship projects in America’s parks and forests designed specifically for college student groups. Part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation. More details can be found on our General Information page.
Alternative Break crews are generally 10-15 students. Supervision during the project will be provided by our experienced project hosts.
Most trips last one week with weekends used for group travel. Alternative Breaks combine day hiking, trail work, exploration, crew camaraderie, and FUN into a weeks time and are scheduled for your student group to participate during your school break. Never been hiking or done trail work before? We welcome you! Most trips don’t require any prior trail work experience, just a good attitude and a willingness to get a little dirty!
Lodging options vary depending on the trip you choose. Most Alternative Breaks will offer either indoor accommodations (bunkhouses, cabins, lodges) or access to a campground site.
Make new friends and share laughter over a campfire. Experience an amazing sense of accomplishment after building a bridge or restoring a neglected trail. Connect with the land. Experience nature first-hand. Spend your break doing something that makes a lasting difference.
Get Out. Give Back.
Thanks for your interest in volunteering over your spring break! We are no longer accepting group registrations for the 2014 Alternative Break season. If you want to volunteer over your spring break as an individual, visit here to see all the trips we are offering in March/April that are open for individual registration.
Please contact Libby Wile, at LWile@AmericanHiking.org or call 1-800-972-8608 ext. 206 with questions.