Break Description

Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park. Fall colors are beginning to be visible.

How much time have you spent exploring Shenandoah National Park since you came to JMU? Whatever your answer, it's not enough! Come spend your fall break exploring this national treasure and assisting the hard working Park Rangers and other employees with the busy fall season. We'll learn about park management, the local ecosystem, and the history of the communities that were displaced when the park was created.

During the days, we'll pitch in with trail work, picnic area rehabilitation, vista maintenance, and other activities that will ensure visitors have an enjoyable experience. At night, we'll camp at Big Meadows Campground. Tents and other group camping supplies will be provided. Plan to bring a sleeping bag and sleeping pad (if you don't have your own, borrow one from a friend, or rent one from UREC).

Our partner shared the following information regarding volunteers' essential functions during service:

Volunteer work will entail standing and walking up to three hours at a time. Bending, stooping, lifting, and carrying objects up to 25 pounds will be necessary. Work may be carried out in cold, rainy, foggy, hot, and humid conditions. Potential hazards include: slip, trip, and fall, biting an dstinging insects, working in proximity to traffic, and lifting and carrying tools. Volunteers can be matched to specific projects based on their interest and abilities. Thorough guidance and safety conversations will accompany all work.

Join us for the adventure and to ensure that JMU Dukes do our part to conserve this amazing spot right in our own backyard!

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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.

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Focus on: Preserving the Environment and Biodiversity

Community: Luray, VA

Leaders: Kailey Garrett & Chris Phelps

Cost: $100

What type of travel will this break use? Domestic Driving

What kind of break is this? Weekend Break

Departure Date: 10-18-2023

Return Date: 10-20-2023

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

Currently Offered?: Yes

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