Thursday, March 7, 2013

UIS students traveling to Florida for Alternative Spring Break

A group of students from the University of Illinois Springfield will spend their spring break helping to remove invasive plant and animal species from Everglades National Park in Florida. Students will help staff remove the unwanted species threatening wildlife, clean trails, and assist with light construction.

A total of 28 UIS students and 2 staff members will leave Springfield at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9 and return to campus Sunday, March 17. While in Florida, students will reside in a hostel, make their own meals, and volunteer at the park during the day. The overall goal is to help recreate an environment that is safe for plants and animals alike.

Alternative Spring Break at UIS is a student-driven effort. The students choose the location, organize the logistics and raise necessary funds.

The story was featured by The State Journal-Register on March 6, 2013.

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