Although many of us set out on vacation to see friends or family, many just need a place to get away for a few days. Instead of setting out to a more traditional destination, try volunteering at parks and trails in programs that are designed to help preserve the world around us.
There are programs set up in many National Parks across the country, so before you think you have to head somewhere far away, check locally if you're looking to stay close to home. Some of our favorite volunteer destinations are the Colorado Trail Program (only $50 for a full week!), the Alaska State Parks (stay for a day or a whole month), and the Appalachian Trail Crews.
Try checking to see if a park or forest area near you has a "Trail Crew" program or even work days that could occur a few times a summer. They will allow you to lend a hand without sacrificing a full week's worth of time.
Have you ever taken a volunteer vacation? Or does your family usually do more sight seeing than preserving?
(Image: The Colorado Trail Foundation)