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.

Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, KY

Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15, 2024

Land Between the Lakes is a national recreation and environmental education area located in western Kentucky and Tennessee. It offers 70,000 acres of wildlife, history and recreation opportunities, wrapped by 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Volunteer activities include maintenance/cleanup, gardening, and fence work. We'll be taking up to 10 honors students, one student site leader and one staff member on this meaningful and rewarding experience.


The cost is $300 and includes transportation and meals (except for Monday and Friday lunch).


  • Depart: Monday, March 11.
  • Work: Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 30-minute lunch break. Activities may include trail maintenance, tree planting, litter cleanup, painting and clearing brush.
  • Return: Friday, March 15.

Transportation and Lodging

We'll take a 12-person van and a minivan on this 900-mile round trip.

You'll stay in the Brandon Spring Group Center. Each dorm has bunk beds, a bathroom with two showers, two toilets, two sinks and a water fountain.

Bring pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, etc. for the dorm.


Breakfast (Tuesday through Friday) and lunch and dinner (Monday through Thursday) will be prepared by the student participants. Monday and Friday lunch will not be provided; however we will stop on our way there and back with the option to purchase lunch.

Basic dietary accommodations can be made with advance notice; however, we may not be able to accommodate severe allergies. Please contact Ashlyn Straka at astraka1@niu.edu for details.

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DeKalb, IL 60115


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