Eco-Tourism Volunteering - Eco Vacations
Your feeling-good-while-doing-good getaway guide.
By Margaret Rhodes
O, The Oprah Magazine | From the August 2012 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine
Pack Your Bag: Every year Sierra Club volunteers donate 25,000 hours to help preserve hiking trails for future travelers. Projects range from rooting out invasive plants in California's Yosemite Valley to rebuilding trails in Kentucky's Mammoth Cave. Family programs mean preservationists as young as 5 can get their hands dirty for a greater cause.
Time Commitment: typically one week
Cost: $315 to $1,975, including meals and lodging
Quick Trip: The Appalachian Mountain Club and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association offer weekend trail repair projects.