Dates: Saturday, March 17-Sunday, March 25. 2018
Trip is open to DePaul students only
Registration deadline: January 31
Register at The Ray Membership Services desk; online registration is not accepted
Join Outdoor Adventures on a Spring Break volunteer vacation to the coast of Georgia. Reachable only by ferry or kayak, Cumberland Island National Seashore
is known as one of the best seaside regions in the United States.
Cumberland Island consists of 36,415 acres of beautiful beaches, mudflats, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and maritime forests. Wild animals roam the island, including white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillos, wild boars, American alligators, and even feral horses. The island was first settled in the 16th and 17th centuries and missions were first established. Through the years the island was repeatedly attacked by French and Spanish pirates, ultimately leaving the island abandoned by the Spanish missionaries. After abandonment by the Spanish, a Native American tribe took over the island, only to be chased from the island by infectious disease in the colonial era. Through the years following, the island went through numerous phases of English then American habitation, being used as a military fort and plantation. Today the ruins of the islands diverse history tell a story for visitors to discover.
Our service project on Cumberland Island is trailwork on several trails around the island. After Hurricane Irma this fall, there has been significant destruction and help from volunteers will be critical to restoring the public areas of the island. We will camp in Hunt Camp. On our day off there will be opportunities to hike, relax on the beach, tour ruins or the museum, and rent bikes to explore the island.
The trip includes four days of service working on trails and campground maintenance and rehabilitation. We will take a ferry to and from the island, where we will camp for the week. This trip will be strenuous. The expectation through the four service days will be that participants are active and contributing. Enthusiasm, ability to relax and have fun, and the desire to explore the outdoors are the major requirements!
The price includes transportation, all meals while camping, camping supplies, national park access, ferry rides, and work tools. Participants are responsible for their meals while travelling to and from Chicago.