Honors Spring Break Trips

Honors Spring Break trips are one-week service-learning experiences designed to heighten participants’ awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth and prepare them for social action. Each year, the University Honors Program hosts a trip in which Honors students partner with a nonprofit organization to participate in a meaningful service opportunity, all while creating new and lasting friendships.

Honors Spring Break trips are open to current University Honors students.

Upcoming Trips

Land Between The Lakes is a national recreation area and environmental education area administered by the USDA Forest Service. Located in Western Kentucky and Tennessee, it offers 170,000 scenic acres of wildlife, history, and outdoor recreation opportunities, wrapped by 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Each year volunteers contribute tens of thousands of hours of service to Land Between the Lake. Volunteer activities range from trail maintenance and cleanup, to support of special events and monitoring the Elk & Bison Prairie. Volunteering is a great way to have a meaningful and rewarding experience in the great outdoors at Land Between the Lakes.


  • Monday-Thursday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. work, with 30-minute lunches.
  • Duties include trail maintenance, tree planting, litter clean-up, painting, clearing brush.
  • Site staff will coordinate projects, lead students to the site and provide tools.

COVID-19 Protocols

All site leaders, University Honors staff, and student participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination to be eligible for the trip. All site leaders, University Honors staff and student participants will need to provide negative COVID tests according to protocols that are appropriate in the period leading up to the trip in light of pandemic conditions at that time.

Cost and Application Information

Student cost is $250 per person and includes transportation, all meals (except lunch Sunday) and lodging. We will be taking a maximum of 18 students, two site leaders and two honors staff.

Students interested in participating in the Honors Spring Break trip will need to submit an application by Jan. 31, 2022.

Trip Application