Southeast Serves Announces Second Annual ‘Alternative Spring Break’


bannerSoutheast Serves is excited to announce the 2017 Alternative Spring Break trip is scheduled March 12-18 at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. Southeast Serves is partnering with the American Hiking Society to coordinate the trip that will focus on community service at the Park, located two hours from Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Volunteers will spend the week performing trail maintenance tasks on the Mina Sauk Trail within the park. Trail maintenance tasks will include lopping, removing limbs and debris, dirt work, hanging tags on trees, removing rocks from the trail, and hiking the trail for GPS coordinates. Volunteers should plan to hike up to five miles on work days to complete these tasks. Volunteers will stay in on-site housing in the park’s seasonal cabins. A free day is also scheduled.johnsonsshutinsstateparkmo

Only nine spots are available for this trip! To reserve a spot, interested participants must submit a registration form at A $50 non-refundable deposit will be required with the reservation and must be paid within 24 hours of submitting the registration form. Cash or check, made out to Southeast Missouri State University, should be sent to Campus Life and Event Services, located in University Center Room 414.

Total cost of the trip is estimated to be $300 per person. This includes a fee from the American Hiking society, travel and food. Each student will be responsible for helping with fundraising efforts to lower this cost. The goal is to generate enough funds to cover the entire cost of the trip. Current fundraising plans include Student Government, Textbook Rental, restaurant fundraisers and more.

This will be the second year Southeast Serves is offering an alternative spring break to all students. After the success of last year’s trip, this will hopefully become a tradition at Southeast! For more information, contact Southeast Serves at or (573) 651-2280.