Honors Spring Break Trips

Honors Spring Break trips are one-week service-learning experiences designed to heighten participants’ awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth and prepare them for social action. Each year, the University Honors Program hosts a trip in which Honors students partner with a nonprofit organization to participate in a meaningful service opportunity, all while creating new and lasting friendships.

Honors Spring Break trips are open to current University Honors students.

Land Between the Lakes, Golden Pond, KY

Sunday, March 12 - Friday, March 17, 2023

Land Between the Lakes is a national recreation and environmental education area located in western Kentucky and Tennessee. It offers 70,000 acres of wildlife, history and recreation opportunities, wrapped by 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline. Volunteer activities include maintenance/cleanup, event support and monitoring the Elk & Bison Prairie. We'll be taking up to 11 honors students, one student site leader and one staff member on this meaningful and rewarding experience.


The cost is $150 and includes transportation, lodging and meals (except for Sunday lunch).


  • Depart: Sunday, March 12. Bring a sack lunch. We'll eat dinner out (location TBD).
  • Work: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 30-minute lunch break. Activities may include trail maintenance, tree planting, litter cleanup, painting and clearing brush.
  • Return: Friday, March 17. We'll eat lunch out (location TBD).

Transportation and Lodging

We'll take a 12-person van and a minivan on this 900-mile round trip.

You'll stay in the Brandon Spring Group Center. Each dorm has bunk beds, a bathroom with two showers, two toilets, two sinks and a water fountain.

Bring pillows, sleeping bags, blankets, etc. for the dorm.


Breakfast (Monday through Friday) and lunch and dinner (Monday through Thursday) will be provided by our host site. If the host site kitchen is not open, we'll prepare our own meals using their kitchen.

Basic dietary accommodations can be made with advance notice; however, we may not be able to accommodate severe allergies. Please contact Linda Condon (lcondon1@niu.edu) for details.

Contact Us

University Honors Program 
Peters Campus Life Building 110
DeKalb, IL 60115


Connect With Us

Back to top