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. 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 travel. Alternative Breaks combine day hiking, trail work, exploration, crew camaradie, 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.
See the Alternative Breaks offered in 2013. Please Note: Alternative Break trips typically fill up in November/December of the previous year. Missed out on a 2013 Alternative Break? Consider participating on a Volunteer Vacation. We have a variety of trips that might work with your school's summer or fall break.
If your student group is interested in participating in an Alternative Break trip in 2014, please contact Libby Wile via email or call 1-800-972-8608 ext. 206.