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It’s Spring Break and CC Students are…Volunteering

Approximately 30 Colorado College students will spend their spring break volunteering in three diverse locations: New Orleans, Southern Utah, and Santa Monica, Calif.

The alternative spring break trips are organized by CC’s Department of Outdoor Education, and this year feature two front-country trips and one backcountry trip.

One group of students will be working with an urban farming organization, Our School at Blair Grocery, in New Orleans. They will spend five days maintaining a garden that supplies fresh produce to the local community in the Lower Ninth Ward, an area still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Access to healthy food is particularly problematic in this neighborhood. The group also hopes to travel to the Bayou (wetlands) to learn about environmental impacts on the area.

A second group of students will volunteer with the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica, Calif., where they will work with the homeless, mentally ill, and victims of domestic violence.

The third group, participating in the Southern Utah Stewardship Project, will work with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, learning trail-building techniques and exploring firsthand some of the issues threatening an area that is heavily used for recreation. The trip includes a day of climbing and a five-day backpacking trip through a canyon, and will be documented and made into a short film about the importance, from a CC student's perspective, of protecting these backcountry spaces.