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Service Trips for Spring 2015

As an effort to give back to the environment and the community, the VU Outdoor Recreation Program sponsors 3-5 trips each semester that are service-oriented. The trips are free and they even include a free lunch. What we are looking for in return are people who don’t mind doing a bit of work in the great outdoors.

Trips range from picking up trash to trail maintenance and trail building. Some trips are short in duration as we are helping parks and rivers in the local area, while other trips may be a 2-3 hour drive, and thus an all day trip.

Our trips are designed for a group of 10-15 people, and require no previous experience. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in leading trips. Any instruction pertinent to the activity will be provided by the trip coordinators or other volunteers on site.
 

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FEBRUARY 21 (Saturday)
TRAIL BUILDING
Bells Bend Park, Nashville, TN
Sign-up by: Friday, Feb. 13
Cost:  FREE!

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are  officially signed up since this is a free trip.

 

 

 

 

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 2/17 at 5:00 pm

Bells Bend Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a “ball field park”. This time we will help build a new mountain biking trail in the park.  Experienced trail volunteers and equipment will be provided to help us.  Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 3 pm.
 

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March 14 (Saturday)
TRAIL BUILDING
Bells Bend Park, Nashville, TN
Sign-up by:  11 pm on Thurs. 3/12, then stop by the ORC to compete forms and find out trip details.
Cost:  FREE!

TO SIGN UP:

1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are officially signed up since this is a free trip.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 3/10 at 5:00 pm  

Bells Bend Park is a relatively new park in Nashville that is being developed as a more natural park, rather than a “ball field park”. This time we will help build a new mountain biking trail in the park.  Experienced trail volunteers and equipment will be provided to help us.  Lunch is also provided, and hiking afterward is an option.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 3 pm.

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APRIL 4 (Saturday)
Lake Clean-up via Canoeing
Cordell Hull Lake, TN
Cost:  Free!

Sign-up by: Friday, March 27

TO SIGN UP:
1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are  officially signed up since this is a free trip.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, March 31 at 6:00 pm in the ORC.


At points during our hike along the north side of the lake we have noticed trash washed up on the former shorelines from the summer before.  By canoeing around the lake, we can stop and pick up trash, using the canoes to do the hauling.  This is a pretty area worthy of our time.  Beginners are welcome.  All paddling equipment is provided.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.
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APRIL 18  (Saturday)
Trail Maintenance and Climbing
Kings Bluff, TN
Cost:  Free!

Sign-up by: Friday, April 10

TO SIGN UP:

1.  You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Click here to sign up.
3.  You are  officially signed up since this is a free trip.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 4/14 at 5:00 pm

Come join Vanderbilt Outdoor Rec and the Southeastern Climbers Coalition for a day of trail maintenance. We will travel to Clarksville to work on Middle Tennessee’s best rock climbing resource. Our goal is to repair sections of trail that have seen heavy use and help other sections that are eroding quickly. Expect to get dirty and have fun.  Time and weather permitting, we will climb a couple routes at the end of the day.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 5 pm.

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Other Local Service Opportunites

Here are some opportunities for you to give service on your own.

Beaman Park in the northwest corner of Nashville

Volunteer Opportunities The Friends of Beaman Park would be happy to arrange a volunteer work opportunity for your organization or group of friends. We have trailbuilding, illegal dumpsite cleanup and exotic plant species removal work projects ready to go. We can usually work around your schedule if it is a Saturday or Sunday. Please let us know if you have a date or dates in mind.

Please contact: Nancy Dorman, Friends of Beaman Park, at nancydorman@yahoo.com or call 615-202-5891.


Harpeth River Watershed Association Service Days

RSVP Contact: Anneli Terry Nelson at 413-658-8073
or email at: annelitn@harpethriver.org

 

 

 


4th Saturday of the Month
Radnor Lake State Natural Area: Trail Maintenance from 8:00 AM – 12 noon

Radnor Lake is a heavily used park located about 20 minutes from campus. Help other volunteers maintain the almost 5 miles of trails in the park. Work sometimes includes moving and laying down new mulch / wood chips on the hiking trails. It could also include exotic plant removal or the the planting of native vegetation. Friends of Radnor Lake provide bottled water, insect repellent, gloves, and other supplies so all we need is for you to show up ready to work. For more info and pictures go to http://www.radnorlake.org/volunteer.asp. For directions to the park from VU, go to http://www.vanderbilt.edu/recreationandwellnesscenter/outdoorrec/wp-content/uploads/radnor.pdf


Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.