Each year, we hit the water during Spring Break to engage college students in the spring break experience of a lifetime. To date in Memphis, we’ve worked with 713 college students from all over the country to remove 730,213 lbs of trash!
Students will traverse the river on foot and in boats while working closely with our crew and fellow students. Living Lands & Waters hosts several week long cleanups (Monday through Thursday) where students can meet the infamous Chad Pregracke and his boisterous crew of river rats. This spring break experience is guaranteed to leave you with not only the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve given back to the community, but a lifetime’s worth of laughter and memories.
Living Lands & Waters provides dinner on Sunday night, and lunch Monday-Thursday. The hotel we work with (see below) has a free breakfast. Dinner Monday-Thursday will be the responsibility of the students. If you or anyone in or group has any dietary restrictions [i.e. allergies, vegetarians, vegans, or religious restrictions you MUST make the Project Coordinator aware as soon as possible. If you do not disclose this before/when making your final payment, we will be unable to accommodate. We work with a caterer to provide lunch each week and need adequate notice when planning! You are allowed to bring your own lunch aboard if necessary.
Discounted lodging is available at the Comfort Inn Downtown Memphis. Groups are not limited to this option. There are several other options in the area! Groups in the past have worked to stay with local churches and at the Pilgrim House Hostel.
Rooms are available at the rate of $104 per night. Each room will include two queen sized beds.The most cost effective way to room is with four people per room. We will do our best to accommodate all rooming requests.
We do require a complete rooming list by: 2/1/17.
Room Price per night = $104.00
Room Price for 5 nights = $520.00
**Please see the “Deposit/Payment” tab below for more information on deposits. Deposits are due as soon as possible. Without a deposit, we cannot guarantee your spot. Final payments will be due by February 1, 2017**
Participant Price (Room of 4)
Price for 1 wk = $130.00
Deposit – Payment 1= $60.00
Final Payment Per Participant = $70
Participant Price (Room of 3)
Price for 1 wk = $174.00
Deposit – Payment 1 = $60.00
Final Payment Per Participant = $114.00
Participant Price (Room of 2)
Price for 1 wk = $260.00
Deposit – Payment 1 = $60.00
Final Payment Per Participant = $200.00
Participant Price (Room of 1)
Price for 1 wk = $520.00
Deposit – Payment 1 = $60.00
Final Payment Per Participant = $460.00
Individuals/Groups will be required to secure their own transportation to and from Memphis, TN as well as to and from the work site each day. Click here to download the map/directions below.
To learn more about hotel cost, please see the “Lodging Info” tab above.
All students will be required to put down a $60 deposit to lock in their spot. This money will be non-refundable and roll directly into your hotel fee.
Special arrangements can for groups of 10 or more not staying at our hotel selection. Please contact the Project Coordinator to learn more.
**Deposits are due as soon as possible. Without a deposit, we cannot guarantee your spot. Final payments will be due by February 1, 2017**
Payments can be made online at: http://livinglandsandwaters.org/donate. Please click on the donate button on the left and be sure to make note of your group name along with the notation “2017 ASB”.
Ex: 2017 ASB – Smith College
We will also accept checks made out to Living Lands & Waters. Please make sure to have your group name included and send to:
Living Lands & Waters
17624 Route 84 North
East Moline, IL 61244
Attn: Luke Lippincott
Each year LL&W presents 6 – $500 scholarships to students in need of financial assistance. To be considered, your application must be completed by December 19, 2016. Scholarship winners staying in our hotel will be required to have their hotel fee taken out of their winnings. Participants that apply on a scholarship will automatically have their spots saved without filling out the registration below.
2017 Scholarships are closed.
Are there any risks associated? Yes, there are risks to associated to participating in a cleanup. Please be aware poison ivy is a high risk at this time of year in Memphis. Other common hazards include bee stings, heaving lifting, and sharp objects. It is recommended that all students be update to date on their Tetanus and Hep A and B vaccinations. River cleanups can be extremely physically demanding.
Please check out our What To Expect/Safety Guide. Although we will cover safety points each day, site leaders will be expected to forward this to all students participating.
Do I have to be in a group to participate in ASB? Absolutely not!
Do I have to be a college student? Unfortunately, yes. We do reserve this event for college students only. Graduate students, or non-traditional students DO qualify.
Do I have to stay at the provided lodging option to participate? No. We provide a discounted option to help out, but you can stay where ever you’d like.
What if I can’t make the Sunday meeting? Talk to Luke the Project Coordinator. It isn’t mandatory, but very helpful.
What should I pack?
**Be prepared to get dirty!! Wearing appropriate shoes can make or break this trip for students.**
- Tall rubber boots and/or hiking boots: athletic shoes are not advised. There is high potential to become wet and muddy and some areas we work will be rocky and semi-difficult to navigate. We encourage an extra pair if your shoes become wet and don’t dry in time!
- Rain coat/suit: work often continues in light rain conditions and nothing is worse than being wet and cold!
- Layers: In the years past, week 1 has been extremely cold and rainy. We’ve experience sleet storms, and snow! You can always take layers off, but if you don’t bring enough you will be COLD! A hat that covers your ears is a great idea! We will provide work gloves.
- Sunglasses: we will be traveling in boats everyday and frequently there is dust/debris on the bow. Sunglasses will protect your eyes!
- Reusable water bottle/dining utensils: please help us reduce the waste we create at this event! As well as your water bottle, bring a plate and utensils! You will be able to wash them on the barge each day. PLEASE write your name/group name on these. LL&W cannot be held responsible for lost items.
WHAT NOT TO BRING TO A CLEANUP:
- Your favorite new hat/shirt
- Your lucky watch
- Your new Nike’s
- White pants
- Your purse
Can I come early/stay late if we are staying in the hotel? Special exceptions have been made for groups who wish to come a few days early. The earlier you know of these exceptions, the more potential there is for us to make it work. You will be expected to cover all additional costs.
We will be returning to McKellar Lake in Memphis, TN for our 2017 Alternative Spring Break. Dates are as followed:
Week 1: Sunday, March 5 – Thursday March 9 (FULL)
Week 2: Sunday, March 12 – Thursday March 16 (FULL)
Week 3: Sunday, March 19 – Thursday, March 23 (FULL)
Registration for 2017 ASB is now closed! For information on 2018’s ASB, email us at email@example.com.