Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Some University of West Georgia students will be in the sun and surf during spring break, but it won't be all fun and games. Students signed up for the Alternative Spring Break program will spend a week on the Cumberland Island National Seashore working side by side with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the island's natural beauty.
The first official ASB at the university will begin on Saturday, March 14, and will include four days of clean up and repair and then a few days of relaxation. Trail clearing, picking up debris washed upon the shore and pruning the landscape are a few of the tasks students will tackle.
Tara Mostowy, coordinator of outdoor programs at UWG, will accompany the students on the trip and oversee day-to-day activities.
“This is a great program,” said Mostowy. “The trip is a unique opportunity for the students and we'll be keeping the island wild, scenic and beautiful.”
ASB offers teams of university and college students a choice in how to spend their annual spring break. Choosing ASB allows students to perform community service and experience an outdoor classroom during time off from their studies.
The UWG students will camp in tents at Plum Orchard with the mansion in view and cook their own meals in a small kitchen.
When not doing volunteer work, they will be able to fish, hike and observe the wild life that includes wild horses and 300 species of birds. Cumberland Island is the largest undeveloped island in the world with access allowed only by ferry or boat.
The Intramural and Recreation Program at UWG offers opportunities for students to travel abroad, white water raft on the Ocoee River and camp and hike throughout the Southeast. For more information, visit www.westga.edu.