Type of Service
Friends of Warner Parks
Site Leader Description #1
Cady is a second year from Leesburg, VA studying in English. She is so excited to be leading this trip after traveling to Little Talbot Island with ASB last year! Her passions include warm fuzzy blankets, speed-walking up to strangers just to ask to pet their dogs, and wearing Birkenstocks more than is reasonable for anyone other than an elderly woman. Cady is an intern at the UVA Women's Center Iris Magazine, writes for the Cavalier Daily, and volunteers through Madison House. This will be her first time in Nashville but she's looking forward to diving into it!
Site Leader Description #2
Claire is a 2nd year from Cincinnati, Ohio studying Cognitive Science with a minor in French. She was on the ASB Trip to Point Reyes last year and is excited to lead this one! She could talk for hours about summer camp, spy movies, and UVA’s Club Swim team. She’s really excited to head down to Nashville in the spring and start serving!
We will be traveling to Music City USA, AKA Nashville, Tennessee! We'll depart from Charlottesville early Saturday, March 7th and head to Nashville in 2 cars. The drive is around 8 hours, which means ~plenty~ of time for good playlist jams and the unique bonding that can only be forced by the comforts of long distance car trips. So, get hype and come with a positive attitude! Once in Nashville, we'll be staying at a local church which has bathroom facilities and a kitchen we'll have access to. Four days of our stay will be dedicated to service in the mornings and afternoons, with free time in the evenings to explore! Plus, one day will hopefully be for a day trip in the Nashville area. On Saturday, March 14th, we'll depart from TN in the morning in order to arrive back in C'Ville that evening.
Bring an open mind, positive attitude, and enough enthusiasm to last all week! Environmental service can be strenuous, but the payoff is usually visible and really rewarding. Having an optimistic and flexible mindset is key!
We'll be partnering with Friends of Warner Parks in Nashville to help clean, preserve, and restore their city parks. This could include things like trail maintenance, tree and invasive species removal, picking up trash, and/or other service activities as needed. Our daily service will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, with Friday off.
When we’re not serving, we’ll be doing a lot of sightseeing in and around the Nashville area! Some of this might include exploring parks in the area, hiking, visiting the Grand Old Opry, pick-nicking at sunset, strolling through a farmer's market, listening to live music in downtown Nashville and eating our way through the Southern comfort food of the city.
Much of Nashville's history involves music production and performance. Like many cities, it also deals with overcrowding, tourism, and the environmental effects of them. City parks like those we'll be working in offer residents and visitors an escape from the bustle of Nashville, but need maintenance to ensure they remain for years to come.