Trailblazers Exec Board Application – Spring 2017

This application is due Sunday, November 20th at midnight.

The purpose of Trailblazers is to increase student and faculty appreciation for the outdoors through outdoor adventure and environmental service. The Trailblazers Executive Board coordinates trips combining environmental service projects with outdoor recreation to allow participants to build new friendships while serving and learning about the outdoors.

Being a part of Trailblazers offers you the unique opportunity to build leadership skills in some of the most beautiful places across the country. We are inviting applications for local project coordinators and alternative break coordinators for Spring 2017. A local project coordinator plans and leads a weekend day trip to nearby parks while the alternative break coordinator plans and leads a trip during the mid-semester break.

The application will be followed by an interview. Interviews will take place the week following the deadline. You will receive more details after submitting your application.

Apply at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WjIUL7Wo9TAZIDejLrx9GdKB_pdSJFX6uoCfaMqW458/edit

If you have question please email Ajay Saini at ajaysaini@gatech.edu or Katherine Gordon at kgordon32@gatech.edu.

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Sweetwater Creek State Park – Fall 2016 Sign ups (Drivers needed!)

The trip is getting close to full, but we need more drivers. If you want to participate and are willing to drive then please contact Mariam at mmarzouk3@gatech.edu to volunteer.

Hurry and sign up to save your spot for an awesome trip to Sweetwater Creek State Park on November 5th! We plan to leave Saturday morning, around 8:00am, and will be back on campus around 3 or 4pm. For service, we will be clipping and pruning branches and clearing trails. After service is done, we’ll go on a scenic hike along one of the park’s trails and see the Sweetwater Creek Mill ruins! Snacks will be provided, but please bring your own lunch and plenty of water.

The cost of the trip will be $6. After submitting the form below, you will receive an email with a link to pay.

Email Mariam at mmarzouk3@gatech.edu if you have any questions.

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Okefenokee Swamp Fall 2016 Alternative Break Sign up (Sign ups closed)

The sign ups for this trip have closed. Keep an eye out for the trips we will be having later this semester.

The Trailblazers invite you to a Fall break trip to the Okefenokee swamp and national wildlife refuge. Okefenokee is a unique and beautiful natural ecosystem located in the South on the border of Georgia and Florida. It has the distinction of being a wildlife refuge and also a wilderness preservation system. Okefenokee boasts the largest intact freshwater ecosystem in the world!

This trip to the Okefenokee includes amazing service work on the waters, maintenance of water trails while boating and canoeing and recreational activities like sunset boat tour, nature trail hiking, bird and wildlife watching, and stargazing. It is a great opportunity to do some meaningful service, great outdoor adventure, and make friends with your fellow yellow jackets. The detailed itinerary if the trip is listed below. There are only 10 spots available on the trip. Sign-up today to reserve your spot.

Itinerary:
October 8- Leave Georgia Tech campus, reach the cabin, relax, and take a sunset boat tour
October 9- Service work, maintenance of water trails in boats and canoes, go stargazing at night
October 10- Service work, maintenance of water trails in boats and canoes, play in the playground and lake
October 11- Hike nature trail, bird and wildlife watching, come back to campus by 7

The cost of the trip is $100 which includes everything required- membership fee, food, transportation, recreation, shelter, and a T-shirt!

Feel free to visit the website below to learn more about Okefenokee https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Okefenokee/
If you have any questions, feel free to email Ajay at asaini34@gatech.edu

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Smoky Mountains Fall 2016 Alternative Break Sign up (Sign ups closed)

The sign ups for this trip have ended.

The Trailblazers invite you to our Fall break trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and Hiwassee Ocoee State Park! World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this is America’s most visited national park. Also, the Hiwassee Ocoee State Park is an internationally recognized whitewater site, well known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities.

Our trip includes important cleanup and maintenance of hiking trails in the Smoky Mountains, as well as nature walks, camping out with your fellow Tech students, stargazing, river rafting in the Ocoee river and of course hiking the beautiful range that is the Smoky Mountains. This is a great alternative break option which includes important and purposeful service activity, a stress relieving getaway from school, and the chance to meet some great new people. There are a total of 15 spots available so tell your friends and sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot.

The cost of the trip is $120 which includes everything required- the membership fee, food, transportation, recreation, shelter and a T-shirt!

Feel free to visit the websites below to learn more about our destinations:

The Great Smoky Mountains – https://www.nps.gov/grsm/index.htm
The Hiwassee Ocoee State Park – http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/hiwassee-Ocoee

If you have any questions, feel free to email the trip leader, Devshan, at drenganathan3@gatech.edu

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Panola Mountain State Park – Fall 2016 (Sign ups closed)

Looking to get off campus Saturday, September 24th? Join the Trailblazers as we head to Panola Mountain State Park for Your State Parks Day! We will be working with park staff planting local wildflowers in the grassland and cleaning litter from the lake shores. Service will run from 9 AM to 1 PM, and we will spend some time relaxing and hiking around the park afterwards. We will leave campus at 8 AM, and we should be back on campus before 5 PM.

The cost of the trip is $5, which includes transportation and a snack. Please make the payment through GT Marketplace with the link below.

https://epay.gatech.edu/C20793_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=318

If you prefer not to pay via Marketplace, please bring cash or check to our next meeting, Tuesday September 20th at 6:30 in East Architecture, room 107. *Attending the meeting is not required to go on the trip*

Remember to bring lunch and plenty of water!

If you have any questions, email Kelsey at kkurzeja3@gatech.edu.

The trip is full, and sign ups are closed. Keep an eye out for more trips later this semester if you missed the chance to join us at Panola.

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Update: Sign ups are closed for this trip!

Tubing in Helen, GA

Come join the Trailblazers for our first event of the semester! We will be going tubing in Helen, GA on Saturday, September 17th. Enjoy the day relaxing on the Chattahoochee River, and spending some time with Trailblazers. The cost of the trip will be $12, which includes the cost of tubing, gas money for the drivers, and a snack. Make sure to bring your swimsuit, a towel, sunscreen, water, a pack lunch, and shoes that you can wear in the river. Please make your payment on venmo to @trailblazers_gt
If you cannot pay via venmo, please bring cash or check to our next meeting, Tuesday September 13th at 6:30 in East Architecture, room 107.

 

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April 9 – Local Project – Sweetwater Creek State Park [Update: Signups Closed!]

A trip to a historic, diverse, and beautiful park on the Chattahoochee river. We shall leave at 8 am, volunteer for trail cleaning from 9-12. It’s a great opportunity to meet and work with several other volunteers from  different organizations who will be joining us. We shall then have lunch followed by a hike through beautiful diversity of trees, flowers, and butterflies. We will also see the historic Mill Ruins and have a picnic on the river bank. We shall be back to campus by 5 pm.  The cost of the trip is $5, which includes the cost of transportation and lunch!  Please bring $5 in cash on the morning of the trip.

Sign up using the form below, and email Ajay at asaini34@gatech.edu with any questions!]

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[Edit 3/6 – Trip Full!] Cumberland Island National Seashore

Join the Trailblazers for a Spring Break filled with natural beauty, meaningful work, and adventure on beautiful Cumberland Island National Seashore! Cumberland Island is one of Georgia’s twelve Barrier Islands along the southeastern coast of the Atlantic. The eighteen mile long island has many historical sites and a designated wilderness areas that are sure to excite everyone from the avid adventurer to the casual historian. Recreation for this trip includes hiking and exploring the many trails on the island, a night hike through the forest to the beach, sea kayaking in nearby Crooked River State Park, watching the sunset from the western side of the island, and exploring the wilderness and wildlife of the island, including feral horses and alligators, among others! The service project for this trip entails trail maintenance and clearing, as well as setting GPS points for future trail mapping for the park, both of which will be completed during our four work days (Sunday through Wednesday). See below for a more detailed itinerary. Apply today to guarantee a fantastic Spring Break filled with outdoor adventure, new friends, meaningful service, and Trailblazers glory! The application deadline is Friday, March 4th.

Itinerary:
Saturday: Travel to St. Marys, GA / Sea kayaking with Up The Creek Expeditions / Camp at Crooked River State Park
Sunday: Leave Crooked River State Park / Take ferry to Cumberland Island / Orientation at campsite / Work
Monday through Wednesday: Work days / Evenings spent exploring the island, going on a night hike
Thursday: Free day / Explore southern end of Cumberland Island / Swimming and Beach time
Friday: Leave campsite / Final exploration of the island / Take ferry off of island / Sunset sea kayaking
Saturday: Return to Tech

The price of the trip is $200. This price includes everything for the trip: membership fee, food, transportation, recreation, shelter, and a T-shirt!

Feel free to visit the National Park System website to learn more about Cumberland Island: http://www.nps.gov/cuis/index.htm
If you have any questions, feel free to email Sam at sstarcevic3@gatech.edu

Use the payment link and form below to submit your payment and information for consideration for the trip. Your submission for this trip will not be considered complete until both the payment and the form information have been received. You will need to submit a scan of your drivers license or picture ID.

 

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F.D.R. State Park Local Project – March 12th [Signups Closed]

Hurry and sign up to save your spot for an awesome trip to FDR State Park on March 12th! We plan to leave early Saturday morning, around 7:30am, and will be back on campus before 5pm. For service, we’ll be clearing trails and straightening up different campsites. After service is done, we’ll have some fun horseback riding during a guided tour! Snacks will be provided, but bring your own lunch and plenty of water, as well as long pants and close-toed shoes.  The cost for this trip is $27, which includes everything except for your own lunch (snacks, transportation, and horseback riding). Pay using the link below!   If you have any questions email Mariam at mmarzouk3@gatech.edu

https://epay.gatech.edu/C20793_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=3428

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February Update! – Fort Yargo Signups Are Closed!

Trailblazers has been working hard to provide you with great opportunities to give back and enjoy the outdoors this semester!  This post is meant to summarize the signups that have recently gone up for Local Projects and ASB trips, just to have them all in one place:

2/27 Panola Local Project – Check out the Local Projects tab or scroll down to sign up for this trip,which includes mountain biking for recreation! (Signups for the Fort Yargo trip are full!)

3/19 – 3/26 (Spring Break) John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park AND Cumberland Island National Seashore – These are the two Spring Break trips we’ve got planned for the semester.  Check out the Alternative Breaks tab or scroll down on the homepage to find more information and the application! The sign-up deadline for both trips is Friday, March 4th.

We hope you’ll join Trailblazers on any of the great trips we have planned this semester!

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