What is Alternative Spring Break?

Howard EcoWorks’ Alternative Spring Break is a voluntary opportunity for you to:

  • Give back to your local community

  • Help the environment

  • Learn about local environmental issues and how you can help

  • Make new friends

  • See what working in the Summer READY (Restoring the Environment and Developing Youth) program is like.

What can you expect from Alternative Spring Break?

  • Have fun

  • Make new friends

  • Spend the day - masked and socially distant - outside

  • Be educated on local environmental issues

  • Be directed by an experienced Crew Leader

  • Be given safety training related to tools and work habits

  • Perform work such as weeding, planting, mulching and other landscape-type tasks

  • Be given preference for a summer job, if you are interested, with the summer READY program based on performance during Alternative Spring Break

When and where is Alternative Spring Break?

  • Alternative Spring Break will be held on Friday April 2nd, Monday April 5th and  Tuesday April 6th. The timing of the events vary based on which of the four sessions you choose to attend. 

  • There are three locations where sessions will be held:

    • Our Native Plant Nursery (Jessup)- main task will be ​potting plants

    • The Emerson Community (Laurel) - Volunteer work will consist of caging/protecting young trees and invasive species removal

    • Elkhorn Landing HOA (Columbia) - Volunteer work will consist of rain garden maintenance

You can use the buttons to the left to sign up for the session of your choosing. Sessions are limited to 6 participants each, so make sure you get your spot while its available!

What are the requirements of Alternative Spring Break?

  • Howard County residency.

  • Ages 15-25.

  • Normal temperature, mask required, maintain social distance.

  • Commit to one or more half days on the provided session times (no weekend hours are available.)

  • A good attitude and interest in the environment.

  • Willing and able to work outside performing moderate physical activity.  Alternative Spring Break will be held in a light rain but not in a moderate or heavy rain.  You will be notified the day before your scheduled work day if plans may change based on weather.

What will I bring to Alternative Spring Break and what will be provided?

You should bring:

  • A mask.

  • A full water bottle.

  • Snacks as needed but we ask that you eat before due to the brevity of each session.

  • Long pants and boots preferred or sneakers/shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

We will provide:

  • Work gloves.

  • Tools.

  • Coolers of water to re-fill water bottles.

  • Snacks.

  • Bathrooms are not available at each site.  Locations of nearby bathrooms will be provided.  We will provide transportation to bathrooms with you/your parents’ consent.  

For additional information or questions about Alternative Spring Break, please contact us at info@howardecoworks.org

Howard EcoWorks

9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 309

Columbia, MD 21046 



  • YouTube
  • White LinkedIn Icon
  • White Twitter Icon
  • White Facebook Icon
  • White Instagram Icon

Copyright © 2020 Howard ECOWORKS. All Rights Reserved.

Website by ITS International