At this time of the year the staff of Hungry Mother State Park starts getting excited!
For some, crocus blooming signals the beginning of spring, at the park one of the first signs of spring is the arrival of the Alternative Spring Break group. A team from this school has been traveling from Michigan to spend their spring break at Hungry Mother for over 15 years.
This year they roll into the park for a fun work-packed week on Saturday, February 28th
They take Sunday to recuperate from the 12 hour van ride and are ready to start work on Monday. The week starts with a safety orientation and a potluck lunch provided by the volunteer group, Friends of Hungry Mother. After lunch it is time to get started with the work of the week. The group will help paintDip Dogs.
Welcome potluck hosted by the Friends of Hungry Mother
Installing fish attractors
Dancing the night away
When the 2014 Grand Valley State team arrived, we had no idea what was about to happen
One of the team members senior Rachel Toward was on her first Alternative Spring Break trip. While here Rachel fell in love with the mountains and local community. She graduated in May 2014 with a Biology major. So when there was an opening in the Hungry Mother Interpretation Team for summer 2014 Rachel applied; she got the job. With a natural love of hiking and traveling, she packed her bags heading for Marion, Virginia.
Now, Rachel is a valuable part of the Hungry Mother staff as the wage Park Interpreter. Rachel’s willingness to jump in where needed and add her creative flair has embedded her into the Hungry Mother staff and community.
If you are around Hungry Mother State Park during the first week of March and you see a group of young adults working, be sure to thank them for giving up their spring break to make a difference at the park. If you are enjoying Hungry Mother State Park this summer and you see Rachel, be sure to say ‘Hello’. We are so grateful for the work the team and Rachel do; we just want to share it.
More information about the beautiful Hungry Mother State Park can be found here