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

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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[Edit 2/16 Signups Full!] Fort Yargo Local Project – 2/27

Hey Hikers! Looking for a break after your first wave of exams?  A chance to hike around a picturesque lake? Join the Trailblazers on Saturday February 27th for our local day trip to Fort Yargo State Park! We will hike the 7 mile trail around the lake, which is the trail closest to the lake, so that you can enjoy its beautiful view the whole time you are there. Along the hike, we will do some trail work such as brushing and restoring tread. We will be leaving at 8:30 AM and returning by 5:00 PM. The price of the trip is $3 which includes transportation and lunch. If you have any questions, feel free to email Ngoc Nguyen atnnguyen80@gatech.edu.

 

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[Trip Full] – John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Join Trailblazers this Spring Break for an exciting trip to John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park! John Pennekamp is a beautiful park located in Key Largo, Florida and covers approximately 178 nautical miles of coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass beds, and beach. The trip will leave at roughly 10am Saturday 3/19 and will return around 6pm 3/26. Recreation includes a manatee swimming tour, turtle hospital visit, snorkeling, kayaking, and of course, beach time. We will also help out the park by spending three days performing service work for John Pennekamp. Projects include constructing an endangered species habitat and marine trash cleanup (in which we will be transported by boat). We will spend one night in a hotel and the rest camping in John Pennekamp (there are showers near our campsite). The cost for this trip is $330, which includes food, transportation, recreation, shelter, and a trip T-shirt. To sign up, fill out the form below and pay via the link to GT Marketplace. The deadline to sign up is Friday, 3/04, so if you are interested be sure to do so by then! Please contact the trip leader, Graham McAllister, at gmcallister@gatech.edu if you have any questions. You will need a scan of your health insurance.

For more information on John Pennekamp, visit http://pennekamppark.com

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Spring Semester Info Sessions!

Wondering what Trailblazers is up to this semester?  Then come out to our Info Sessions to learn more about our trips and get FREE pizza!
– Wednesday, February 10th @ 6:00 PM in Instructional Center Room 107
– Thursday, February 11th @ 11:00 AM in Instructional Center Room 109
We’ll be talking about all of the great trips we have planned for this semester- both Local Projects and Spring Break trips!
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at sstarcevic3@gatech.edu.
See you there!
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Kennesaw Mountain Local Project 2/13 Signups Closed!!

Sorry guys, this trip is full! Check back for more local projects and Spring break trips in the coming weeks!

Kennesaw Mountain Local Project

Join Trailblazers for a day of recreation and service at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield on Saturday, February 13th! We will be starting the day with a short hike to the summit of Kennesaw Mountain. We will then take a break for a snack/ early lunch before beginning an afternoon of trail maintenance from 11 AM to 4 PM. Light snacks will be provided, but please bring your own sack lunch. The cost of this trip will be $3 which includes gas money, and a snack. Make sure to pack a lunch and some water, and make sure to wear long pants and close-toed shoes. We expect to be back to campus by 6 PM.

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Apply for Trailblazers Exec Board for Spring 2016 Semester!

We have opened applications for Trailblazers Exec positions for the Spring 2016 semester and you are invited to apply!

If you want to:
– Lead exciting volunteer trips to state and federal parks
– Meet others who are passionate about preserving natural spaces and enjoying nature, or
– Be involved in the behind the scenes world of Trailblazers.

Then apply using the link below by midnight on Tuesday, November 24th!

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1weZjrg6CiV7oFX5lgnGJTVZCqgD_L5Pkd8HqNj7GwoA

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at sstarcevic3@gatech.edu

Thanks!

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Sweetwater Creek Local Project – [CLOSED]

This trip has filled up and is no longer accepting sign-ups.

Join the trailblazers for a day of service and fun at Sweetwater Creek State Park on Saturday, November 7th. We’ll start the day with a morning of trail maintenance, then split into groups for a geocaching scavenger hunt! Geocaching consists of searching for hidden objects using given GPS coordinates. Each scavenger hunt team will race to find the most! The winner will win a special prize (and bragging rights!)
The price for the trip is $5 which includes gas, snacks and scavenger hunt supplies! We’ll be leaving campus at 8:15am and returning by 5pm. Please bring your own lunch!
To sign up, please complete the form and make your $5 payment through link below

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