July 3 - 10th*
Hosted by the National Park Service
Issue Focus: Restoring Ecosystems in our National Lands
According to the National Park Service, “The spread of invasive species is recognized as one of the major factors contributing to ecosystem change and instability throughout the world.” Our work at these national landmarks will include removing invasive plants which overtake native habitat and undermine the integrity and function of ecosystems. Potential project sites include: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Walnut Canyon National Monument, Wupatki National Monument and a day trip to the Grand Canyon National Park.
The conference will begin on Sunday, July 3rd. Participants must arrive in Phoenix, Arizona before 2 pm on Sunday, July 3rd in order to catch the conference chartered bus into Flagstaff. The training ends the morning of Sunday, July 10th. The chartered bus will once again take all participants back to the airport. Please schedule your flight after 10am to accomodate the 2 hour drive back into Phoenix. Any flights made before this time will have to find their own transportation into Phoenix.* If you are planning to drive to Flagstaff, please notify the Break Away staff immediately.
As you will see on the sample schedule link below and much like with an alternative break, there is little free time to explore the area during the conference week. If you would like to come early or extend your stay in Flagstaff, please let the Break Away staff know as soon as possible.
Direct Service Projects: ABCs participants will engage in volunteer work focused on issues surrounding environmental restoration within several of the National Monuments and National Park units in and around Flagstaff. Expect for direct service to be outside. Potential projects include exotic plant removal, revegetating disturbed ecosystems and other projects related to native plant life and restoration of those natural ecosystems. Our community partner will provide a wide range of education on the issues and broad exposure to the local community. More information about the actual project(s) will be provided as the details are solidified with our community partner.
Housing: Participants will live in dorm-style housing (assigned by the Break Away staff), on the campus of Northern Arizona University. There is easy access to shared bathrooms, our dining space, and the workshop rooms.
Transportation: Break Away has arranged for transportation to and from the conference location once participants have arrived in Phoenix. Participants should plan to fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). We will be collecting flight plans upon registration as part of the registration confirmation.
Education: The Learning Components (Education, Orientation, and Training) are essential to a quality alternative break experience. After registering, you will be added to a listserv and will be invited to join a Facebook group for your ABCs session. Pre - conference education materials will be available through these venues and on the website prior to the event. Links will soon be provided below. Participants will also receive extensive on - site education, including the Speaker Panel, Community Dinner, additional readings, Movie Night, discussion groups, and activities at the service projects.
Participant's Confirmation Letter: Within ten days of registration and no later than June 4th participants should receive a confirmation letter by email. Pre - conference materials will be updated periodically on this website.