Alumni Service Trip in the Tetons or New York's Adirondacks
August 13-19, 2017 - Adirondacks
August 20-26, 2017 - Tetons
|Great folks and a grand view.
Photo: Rich Brame
These trips take NOLS grads, friends and families into Idaho's Tetons or New York's Adirondack Mountains for a week of camping, connection, camaraderie and service. We'll team with the U.S. Forest Service, Student Conservation Association, or the local State Park system to conduct meaningful and challenging service projects that protect public lands and enhance visitor safety and enjoyment in the backcountry.
The hike into our project site may include a lot of uphill trail—past year's trail building projects were as high as 11,000’. Our project may include trail construction, bridge or walkway maintenance, or campsite rehab. Service work is demanding—we’ll routinely use shovels, hammers, buckets, pry-bars and lots of team muscle on most days of the trip.
The trip is not all work. There will be time for photography, socializing and just plain enjoying the high country. Instructors will plan on an optional non-technical peak ascent as well as fly fishing practice and instruction. Evenings include group dinners and sipping beverages around a campfire.
Past service trip participants speak passionately about the beauty of the area, the team spirit of the group and the satisfaction of “giving back” to the land through service. The words “fun” and “hard work” are used in equal measure.
This trip, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and Student Conservation Association, may qualify as service or volunteer hours for academic or other programs.
Here's a quick, 3-minute video overview of a recent service trip.