Break Description

The 2020 Redwood group smiles for the camera alongside National Park rangers

This trip is full. You may sign up for the waitlist at the registration link below.


Redwood National Park takes its name from awe-inspiring trees that may be 2,000 years old and reach heights of more than 350 feet! The park also protects a diverse ecosystem that includes a variety of threatened animal species, grasslands, prairies, oak woodlands, riverways, and 40 miles of California's Pacific coastline. Diverse ecosystems like the Redwood Forest are invaluable, particularly as we face ongoing climate change. We’re lucky to serve in support of the park’s mission: “to preserve, protect, and make available to all people, for their inspiration, enjoyment, and education, the ancient forests, scenic coastlines, prairies and streams, and their associated natural and cultural values, which define this World Heritage Site; and to help people forge emotional, intellectual, and recreational ties to these parks."

During our visit, we might assist with trail maintenance, removal of invasive plants, thinning second-growth forests, seasonal bridge construction, and more. There are over 3,000 years of human history in the park, and we will have unique opportunities to learn about Redwood's extensive and complex cultural history and the Native peoples who call the region home.

In order to fully serve our community partner, participants must be able to hike over rugged, uneven, and narrow trails with frequent exposed large roots and rocks; assist with lifting loads of up to 50 pounds, be comfortable carrying and assembling seasonal bridge sections; and use sledgehammers, splitting mauls, axes, shovels, pruning saws and weed cutters. Due to the nature of these work conditions, this break is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

We will sleep near our worksite in a facility with a kitchen, showers, and beds. Plan to bring a pillow and linens or a sleeping bag. Our final night will be spent in the Lutheran Church of Arcata, where we'll rest on a carpeted floor before leaving for the airport and home.

Join us to serve and preserve nature's skyscrapers and the diverse flora and fauna of this unique ecosystem!

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JMU is a member of the University Global Coalition with the United Nations and is committed to achieving a better and more sustainable future as defined by the Sustainable Development Goals.

13 Climate action. An eye with a globe in place of the pupil 15 Life on land. A tree with flying birds

Focus on: Preserving the Environment and Biodiversity

Community: Orick, CA

Leaders: TBD

Cost: $975

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Flying

What kind of break is this? Spring Break

Departure Date: 03-11-2023

Return Date: 03-18-2023

What community partner will you be working with? Redwood National Park

Currently Offered?: Yes

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