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Escape for Spring Break

February 23, 2011 in Community, Recreation, Travel

With less than two weeks until spring break, Michigan Tech students are excited to take some time off from classes to relax and spend time with friends and loved ones. This year’s spring break will be from Saturday, March 5 to Sunday, March 13.

If your student is looking for a way to unplug, relax, and go on an awesome adventure with other Michigan Tech students I would strongly recommend checking out the Alternative Spring Break trips.  This year the Outdoor Adventure Program is offering five Alternative Spring Break trips and Community Service is offering three Alternative Spring Break trips for students.

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips

Buffalo River:  Join the Outdoor Adventure Program on a canoe trip to the Buffalo River – our first national waterway – in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. The trip features a ride up the St. Louis Arch, four days of canoeing through the beautiful bluffs of Arkansas, outstanding camp cooking, the Hemmed in Hollow falls, Civil War era homesteads, and weather that gets up into the 60′s during the day. The trip cost includes transportation & gas, one ticket to ascend the St. Louis Arch, group camping gear and tents, boats, food, and two knowledgeable guides.  Total cost:  $400

Appalachian Trail:  Join the Outdoor Adventure Program on a hike of the Smokey Mountain National Park and part of the Appalachian Trail.  Participants will hike about 8 miles a day during the four day journey. Participants will also stop in Kentucky on the way down to tour breathtaking Mammoth Caves. This will be a beautiful trip with transportation, food, permits and gear included. Don’t miss out on this adventure of a lifetime.  Total cost:  $360


Skiing in Salt Lake City Utah:  Ski Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton and Atla just south of Salt lake City, Utah.  Ski all day and then relax in a hot tub with friends before getting up and doing all over again for another three days. This trip includes transportation from the airport to the hotel, lodging, a four-day ski pass, and three large group meals. Participants will need to provide skis, three lunches on the hill and two dinners in the town, and the flight to Salt Lake City, Utah.  Total cost:  $500, plus airfare

Puerto Rico:  Get away from it all in breath taking Puerto Rico. With waters at 100ft visibility and 86 degrees, there can’t be a better place to spend six days and five nights. Try surfing, swimming at night in a bioluminescent bay, horse back riding on the beach, riding seven zip lines through the jungle, and a sailing/snorkeling adventure. Ten people will get to share this experience in a Villa that is located 100ft from a beautiful swimming beach. Your lodging, rental car transportation from the airport and to locations around the island, five adventures, and food are all included. Participants will need to provide transportation to San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Total cost:  $700, plus airfare

Community Service Trips

Puerto Rico:  During the Puerto Rico spring break trip participants work with Polytecnic University to provide volunteer service. This is a great chance to learn about the culture and meet great friends.  Last year, ten students from Tech and a few from Polytecnic worked together to create a path through their forest. The students learned about native animals and plants throughout the trip. This is a great opportunity for students to work on their Spanish and learn new phrases. Participants were able to complete the amount of work in five days that otherwise would have taken a year and a half.  Approximate cost:  $50, plus airfare

Everglades National Park in Florida:  The participants will stay in the Everglades Hostel and volunteer at Everglades/ Biscayne National park. Biscayne is our country’s only under water park with living coral reefs and mangrove islands “Keys”. The project is yet to be determined but a lot of the volunteer work that is done is maintaining the trails and coral reefs. Participants could be gathering and cleaning corals or snorkeling to find sea turtle eggs and counting them. Approximate Cost:  $160, plus transportation

Merced River, California:  Participants will stay at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort.  The project will include trail building and maintenance.  Participants will prepare campgrounds for the forthcoming camping season.  Approximate cost:  $315, plus transportation

The Alternative Spring Break trips have become extremely popular amongst students.  For a list of Community Service Alternative Spring Break trips that were offered in years past, see previous trips.  Space on the Alternative Spring Break trips is limited and several trips are already filled.  Some trips still have openings so if your student is interested, I would strongly encourage them to stop by the Outdoor Adventure Program to learn how they can participate in the adventure trips or  the Student Activities office to learn how they can get involved in a community service trip.  Also, for more details, you can view the trip itineraries on the Alternative Spring Break web page.

Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have.  Don’t forget to check back for next week’s article in which I will be writing about what students on campus need to do to prepare for the upcoming spring break.