Off the coast of Georgia, Cumberland Island consists of 36,415 acres of beautiful beaches, mudflats, salt marshes, tidal creeks, and maritime forests. Wild animals roam the island, including white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillos, wild boars, American alligators, and even feral horses. The island was occupied by Timucuan Indians who were eventually converted by Spanish missionaries. The French, Spanish and English vied for the island ultimately claimed as part of England’s territory. These conflicts in addition to introduced diseases took their toll on the native populations. Changes occurred in many ways. Various cultures and the usage of the land have left a muddied footprint of its history: plantations and slavery, wealth and recreation, family and connections. Today the ruins of the island’s diverse history tell a story for visitors to discover.
Our service project on Cumberland Island will focus on brushing/clearing overgrown vegetation and trail work on trails for visitor access to the Wilderness Area. Regular maintenance is required to allow visitors a safe and enjoyable passage to the public areas. Participants will board a ferry which will take them to Cumberland Island where they disembark and be met by National Park personnel to be driven to basecamp. We will spend the week camped out at Hunt Camp which is located in the center of the island. On our day off there will be opportunities to hike, watch for wildlife, relax on the beach, tour ruins or the museum, and rent bikes to explore the island.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
See more photos of our project last year at Cumberland Island with DePaul University for ASB in our photo gallery.
Mar 17th - Mar 23rd 2019
Trail maintenance and clearing vegetation
Explore the coastline, hike, relax on the beach, tour ruins or the museum, and rent bikes to explore
Tent camping in a designated campground
Strenuous : Hiking, brushing, bending, clipping, planting, pulling weeds, digging, and carrying tools