Join us for a fantastic spring break to Cumberland Island National Seashore! While crowds head further south, you'll soak up the sun on the Atlantic's most pristine and remote beach, explore mystical maritime forest, and paddle through peaceful seas of grass. This barrier island wilderness provides the perfect environment for a fantastic spring break adventure. During our week on the island, you'll camp with friends, sea kayak, swim in the surf, paddleboard and bike. All of the details have been worked out with Geneva Kayak Center, what's left is for you to join us for the following itinerary:
Sunday, March 9th - Transport is arranged for you from the airport in Jacksonville, FL to Amelia Island State Park. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to a delightful camp dinner and orientation to the adventure.
Monday, March 10th - Instructors will go over sea kayaking and SUP basics during this day of instruction. In addition to instruction, we'll take a tour into Egan Creek, a delightful meandering tidal creek on the north end of Amelia Island. Following our day of instruction, we'll pack up gear and prepare for our paddle to Cumberland Island.
Tuesday, March 11th - A four mile paddle takes us from Amelia Island to Cumberland Island. We'll stop along the way to hike to the ruins of Carnegie's Dungeness and perhaps have our first glimpse of wild horses. Following this lunch berak, we'll complete our paddle and set up camp at mystical Sea Camp.
Wednesday, March 12 - A fantastic bike trip takes us through the heart of the island to visit Plum Orchard. Plum Orchard was built for the oldest Carnegie son and has now been restored by the National Park Service. We'll stop for lunch and catch a glimpse of what it was to live in the Gilded Age before biking back along the beach to Sea Camp
Thursday, March 13 - SUP is a fantastic way to experience the tidal creeks of Cumberland Island. A fantastic paddle in Beach Creek on the south end of the island presents an amazing opportunity to see birds and other wildlife of the saltwater marsh.
Friday, March 14 - Swim in the surf, learn to surf a kayak or SUP, toss a frisbee, hike island trails or relax on the beach. This day is about your choice of recreation and relaxation!
Saturday, March 15 - Why do all good things come to an end? We kayak from Sea Camp back to Amelia Island and load up gear for the return to airport.
Contact Christine (link to email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Join other college students from around the country in helping to keep our most precious and endangered resource clean. Students will traverse the Mississippi River both on foot and in boats while working with the Living Lands & Waters (LL&W) crew and other college students to remove debris (tires, appliances, barrels, etc.) that is polluting our rivers and impairing the habitat of indigenous fish, birds, and wildlife. Students will work with the crew Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost includes transportation, gear, lodging and some meals.
The Living Lands and Waters website describes that the organization is headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501(c)(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world.
Their mission is to “aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds, to expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river, and to create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.” Check out last year's trip photos in our gallery.
Trip level: 1
Participant minimum/maximum: 6/7
SILD Huskie Alternative Break Participant Register Here
Date(s) and time(s): 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 9 – Friday, March 14 10:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Affiliate $375 / Non-NIU $450 by February 7
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Affiliate $450 / Non-NIU $525 by March 1
“I honestly saw this trip as a way to build my resume at first, but it ended up being so much more than that. The group of people I shared this experience with was incredible and they brought me out of my shell. I feel really good about the work we did this week. I think it gave us all a sense of satisfaction. I’m so glad that I did something different with my Spring Break. My expectations were surpassed and if I ever have another opportunity to do a trip like this, I’m all in.” - Alternative Spring Break Trip Participant
Love the outdoors and seeing new places? Trip planning is in the process for an Outdoor Adventure Alternative Spring Break. More details to come. We are traveling to work in the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia. The group will spend the week volunteering and backpacking. All expenses (leadership, gear rental, food, transportation, and camping) are included in the registration fee. Join us to get out and give back! Check out the photos from 2011 and 2012 ASB trips.
Trip level: 2
Participant minimum/maximum: 8/12
Date(s) and time(s): 8:00 a.m. Sunday, March 9 to Saturday, March 15 10:00 p.m.
Early registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $375 / Faculty, Staff and Community $450 by February 10
Regular registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $450 / Faculty, Staff and Community $525 by March 3
Info night(s): To be determined
Pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, March 4 at 9:00 p.m. Student Recreation Center Meeting Room
“This trip was near indescribable. The adventure was beyond anything I have ever experienced, and the leaders were very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the entire trip. I had such a great time.” - Alternative Spring Break Participant
Outdoor Adventures is planning a trip of a lifetime and Alaska certainly is a special place. It is a land of fjords, gorgeous ocean coasts, high arctic tundra, and a loved place for outdoor enthusiasts. The week-long trip will explore the wild country by sea kayak and by foot. Our visit over the summer solstice, you will notice that the days are long and bright and nature is in brilliant bloom. The trip will consist of a three-day kayak in the Prince William Sound out of Whittier, where we will paddle past wooded coves and towering glaciers in Blackstone Bay. The remaining days will be spent hiking with numerous trails and landscapes such including the trek to Harding Icefield, an 8.2 mile round trip day hike. Registration fee includes instruction and leadership, kayak and camping equipment, ground transportation in Alaska, camping fees, and all meals. Flight is not included. Interested participants should search for flights into Anchorage where the group will meet on the afternoon of Sun, June 15. If you have any questions please contact Christine Lagattolla.
Trip level: 3
Participant minimum/maximum: 5/8
Space is first-come, first serve basis. A non-refundable deposit of one-third of the registration fee is required to secure your spot.
NIU Students Registration Deposit Here
Faculty, Staff and Community Registration Deposit Here
Date(s) and time(s): Sunday, June 15, 2014 – Saturday, June 21, 2014
Early Registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $1,000 / Faculty, Staff and Community $1,250 by March 1
Registration cost and deadline: NIU Student $1,250 / Faculty, Staff and Community $1,500 by April 30
Info night: Sunday, January 12 6:00 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center
Pre-trip meeting(s): To be determined