Alternative Spring Break


Each year, we hit the water in the spring to engage college students in the spring break experience of a lifetime. To date, we’ve worked with 713 college students from all over the country to remove 730,213 lbs of trash!

Next year, we are going to Grafton, IL where 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.

Don’t know what you’re getting yourself into? Catch a glimpse of the action by watching our Alternative Spring Break Video, or check out our What To Expect/Safety Guide.

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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.




**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**

These are the 2017 rates just to give you an idea for costs, but 2018 rates will be posted soon!

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 Grafton, IL as well as to and from the work site each day.


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: 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.

Past Feedback

LL&W Dream Team–We are so glad we mixed it up and visited ya’ll this break. You have warmed our hearts, brightened our spirits, and ignighted our minds to be more eco-friendly. I couldn’t have asked for a better week or a better group of inspirational leaders for the students to work with! – Kim
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to help the environment become a better place. I had lots of fun and it was honestly one of the best spring breaks I’ve ever had! I loved how each one of you was so motivating and caring! -Alondra
I would like to thank you once again for making our spring break such an amazing experience. It truly an inspiring gift you have of making people feel unique with their nicknames and making picking up trash a fun activity. This was the last spring break of my college career as well as the best spring break of my college career. It was the best because of all the skits you did, the educational piece throughout the week, and the overall enthusiasm that you all exuded throughout the week! – Kyle
You’ve been really inspiring to me. I had a great time making a difference in the community, and now I want to make a difference in the world. You guys have been so kind and energetic. Thank you for your hard work and passion! -Natalie S.
I can’t thank each and everyone of you enough. I feel a lot better about the movement towards a cleaner earth and can’t wait to keep the momentum going! Keep being hysterical and keep making this world a more enjoyable place! -Cole
I had more fun than I could have ever imagined and am so inspired to make a difference! -Tori 


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. 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.


  • Your favorite new hat/shirt
  • Your lucky watch
  • Your new Nike’s
  • White pants
  • Your purse

Click here for the downloadable version of this list!

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.

For information on 2018’s ASB in Grafton, IL, email us at or complete the form below!