Break Description


We are heading to one of North America’s five biological hotspots to work alongside the nation’s largest non-profit for environmental conservation. At the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, operated by The Nature Conservancy, we will work alongside staff and fellow volunteers to restore the rare habitat of threatened species including the longleaf pine, wild turkey, gopher tortoise, and Florida pine snake.

 Restoration efforts began over three decades ago to repair the damage done by the industrial timber industry. For the past 32 years, this Nature Conservancy site has utilized controlled burning techniques to return native plants to their original, thriving state. During our Alternative Spring Break, volunteers will spend the week camping on site and working outdoors in the Florida sun (and rain). Opportunities such as hiking the bluffs may arise and allow us to fully immerse into the preserve’s rich habitat. We will get to know individuals who make sustainability their lifestyle and return to JMU with a mindset of stewardship and service!


Focus on: Preserving the Environment and Biodiversity

Community: Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve, Bristol, FL

Leaders: Caroline Whitlow and Claire Baladacci

Cost: $325

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Spring Break

Departure Date: 03-02-2019

Return Date: 03-10-2019

What community partner will you be working with? The Nature Conservancy

Currently Offered?: Yes

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