Trip Theme: “Conservation Nation – Exploring Sustainable Environmental Practices in Washington”
Deadline: October 11, 2019 @ 11:59 pm
Trip Dates: Approximately March 14, 2019 – March 22, 2019
“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt
ASB Orcas Island focuses on exploring sustainable practices to create a better understanding of how to best preserve our environment. We will be traveling to Orcas Island in Washington, a few hours north of Seattle and close to the Canadian border. Orcas is the largest of the San Juan Islands with over five thousand acres of land and is known for its distinctive natural beauty.
Our service trip provides the opportunity to work with park rangers on environmental projects within Moran State Park. Past projects have included trail and campsite restoration and construction along the scenic Mt. Constitution trail and lakeside campgrounds. ASB Orcas Island is also an exciting opportunity for students who love the outdoors, as we will explore and experience the beautiful trails, lakes, waterfalls, and activities that the island has to offer. Furthermore, by engaging with the local community, we will develop a deeper understanding of how the island’s inhabitants work to preserve the natural beauty of their surroundings. Participants have said that working and living on the island “put the world in perspective,” as it allowed them to immerse themselves in a completely different lifestyle and atmosphere.
Along with volunteering on Orcas Island, the trip will spend one day in Seattle exploring the city. This will allow students to both have a hands-on and holistic experience with sustainable practices in the state park and also consider their applications to urban life. If you have more questions about the trip, feel free to reach out to us at orcasislandUSC@gmail.com.
Approximate Cost: $800 USD* per participant