On March 18-20, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park hosted the fourth annual Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Weekend 2016 at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC). There were 43 college students from 13 universities that participated in the weekend’s volunteer service projects, guided hikes, and other recreational experiences. Their hard work included improvement to the trails at CVEEC, completion of the bug boxes for BioBlitz, and 120 additional trees planted at the Wetmore Trailhead.
This weekend was truly an example of our collective ability to engage students and build a community of park stewards. Six students were participants of one of our previous Spring Breaks, which is truly a testament of the overall impact that ASB has on people. The program evaluation forms reflect the meaningful experience gained by the participants. One participant’s response from the weekend was, “I really enjoyed the weekend. I learned a lot about the park, and my overall experience of the weekend has increased my awareness and interest in the environment.”
We had a diverse group of students this year with a wide range of areas of study, ranging from early childhood education, bio-medical engineering, to applied mathematics. This just goes to show that people with different interests can learn more about the environment, volunteer, and ultimately become park stewards. ASB is a great way to engage college students in their national parks!
GET UP…GET OUT…AND VOLUNTEER!