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American Hiking Society Provides Fun, Outdoor Service Trips for College Students


October 28, 2013

Libby Wile
Director of Volunteer Programs
(800) 972-8608 x206

Get Out and Give Back on an Alternative Break with American Hiking Society

Are you looking to make a difference during your college break, but still want to enjoy your vacation time? American Hiking Society’s Alternative Break program provides the opportunity to connect with nature, meet people with like-minded interests, and have a memorable vacation all while working on a week-long trail building project on America’s public lands – part volunteer work project, part kick-back outdoor vacation.

Alternative Breaks combine day hiking, trail work, exploration, crew camaraderie, and FUN into a week’s 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! Trips don’t require any prior trail work experience, just a good attitude and a willingness to get a little dirty!

The 2014 Alternative Break schedule offers a variety of project types, locations and accommodations to ensure you can find the trip that’s right for your group. Tools, food stipend, and project supervision are included in the registration fee and all trips provide free time to explore the surrounding landscape, hike, or enjoy the cultural offerings of nearby attractions.

American Hiking Society’s Alternative Break program offers you one of the most affordable, fulfilling ways to explore and improve our nation’s recreational trails, while creating memories that will last a lifetime. Make new friends and share laughter over a campfire. Experience an amazing sense of accomplishment after building a bridge or restoring a neglected trail. Experience nature first-hand. Connect with the land. Spend your break doing something that makes a lasting difference.

Get Out. Give Back.

Founded in 1976, American Hiking Society is the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America’s hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. To view the 2014 Alternative Break trip schedule, visit To register for an Alternative Break or learn more about the program, please call (800) 972-8608 x206.