The crystal clear waters of the Buffalo National River flow past sheer bluffs of ancient limestone and sandstone, towering as high as 590 feet above the water, setting a captivating backdrop for this week of trail work. The Buffalo is among the most scenic rivers in the interior United States and is America's first National River. The Buffalo meanders 153 miles, past forested hillsides, mountains ringed with summit cliffs, shear limestone walls, and occasional valley bottoms settled before the Civil War. In a setting which could be described as fit for a fairytale, you will see glens that trap noon shadows and hollows hiding curtains of ferns fed by secret waterfalls. With nearly 96,000 acres of protected public land along its route, the Buffalo is home to a variety of wildlife including white-tailed deer and numerous small mammals, songbirds, and even a herd of elk.
Established in 1972, Buffalo National River flows freely for 135 miles and is one of the few remaining undammed rivers in the lower 48 states. Our service project will consist of a variety of projects near to and inside the Ponca Wilderness. This alternative spring break group will help with trail maintenance, campsite restoration, brushing the trail, painting fence, removed trash and litter, and cleaning up graffiti. This group will be staying in the Steel Creek Field Station for the week and will have the chance to kayak/canoe the river, hike, view wildlife throughout the week.
Please note: This is a unique Alternative Spring Break opportunity and an exclusive partnership for DePaul University students only.
This project is rated as a strenuous project. Please note that this is one of the more difficult projects that we have so be prepared for steep hikes!
Check out more photos from previous years projects at Buffalo National River in our photo gallery.
Mar 22nd - Mar 28th 2020
Trail work, litter removal, fence painting, vegetation removal, etc.
Canoeing on the river, exploring the area, day hikes, & dipping your toes in the river
Dormitory accommodations in the Steel Creek Field Station.
Strenuous : Bending, lifting, digging, raking, hiking, painting.