UES-310 Civilian Conservation Corps’ Alternative Spring Break in Grand Canyon National Park

Location: Boston, MA and Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Take the classroom into the field with UES-310 Civilian Conservation Corps and the American Landscape. This unique course, offered each spring, combines a 4-credit course with a weeklong trip to Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) in Arizona.

In this course, you'll learn about the history and lasting impact of the Civilian Conservation Corp program and the U.S. National Park Service. Over spring break, you'll take what you've learned into the field in Grand Canyon National Park. On past trips, students participated in a variety of culturally and environmentally focused activities, including working alongside Park Rangers to gather micro trash (small, shiny metal objects), which are deadly when ingested by baby condors, and attending meetings with park rangers and park leadership to discuss issues impacting Native American populations in the area.

Other trip highlights include:

  • Hiking three miles into the Canyon
  • Working to sort seeds and transplanted plants in the GCNP Greenhouse
  • Meeting with the head historian at the park for a behind the scenes tour of the GCNP geology archive
  • Touring the GCNP Geology Museum, Van Kamp, Kolb Brothers, and Hopi House exhibits
  • Developing and presenting a talk on microtrash and its impact on endangered Condor populations to Park Rangers and Texas Tech University students
  • Attending a geology talk with GCNP park ranger
  • Being sworn in as Junior National Park Rangers!

Interested? Check out the course description below and contact the CUES Department to learn more.

  • UES-310 SL-The Civilian Conservation Corps and the American Landscape


    Class will meet for 75 minutes a week and then travel over spring break. Instructor's consent is required




    In this course students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom.Focuses on the history and lasting effect of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on the physical and political landscape of the United States.Tracks the progression of work of the more than 3 million men who served in the CCC from 1933 to 1942, from the planting of billions of trees to the development of recreational opportunities on federal and state lands. Looks at the role the CCC played in redefining conservation and creating a mainstream environmental movement. Investigates the lasting legacy that the CCC left on the American landscape through the development of other conservation corps programs. Connected with a required Alternative Spring Break trip, this experiential education offering will allow students to experience and complete similar work to that completed by CCC members.


    Offered Spring Term


    Local Engagement Experience,Service Learning