Park Break!
Spend Spring Break Learning in a National Park




Welcome to Park Break 2009!
Application deadline December 31, 2008
Posted January 1, 2009: The deadline for applications has now passed. Applicants will be notified in January. Thank you for your interest in Park Break!


Park Break is an all-expenses-paid park-based field seminar for graduate students who are thinking about a career in park management or park-related research and education. Park Break puts you in a national park unit for up to a week's worth of field and classroom activities in close collaboration with park scientists and scholars, managers and administrators, and partner organizations.

The primary goal of Park Break is to encourage promising graduate students to experience the challenges of managing a national park unit. Through instruction from and dialogue with park resource managers, researchers, administrators, interpreters, and other professionals, Park Break participants will begin to understand the complexity of park research and management. This unique program is not offered anywhere else, as it focuses on scientific and intellectual inquiry at the graduate level specifically related to national parks. Although Park Break is open to graduate students of all backgrounds, an additional goal of the program is to provide minority students with experience in national parks in order to facilitate future careers in the field of parks and protected areas research and management.

Each Park Break is designed around a specific topic. Not only will you explore that topic in depth, you'll see how it relates to the whole range of challenging issues facing park managers today. More than that, you'll be involved with agency personnel who are actively recruiting the best young people in the park professions.

Participants in Park Break are chosen through a competitive application process. We are now accepting applications for Park Break 2009. The deadline is December 31, 2008.

Park Break is organized by the George Wright Society, the USA's leading professional association for researchers, resource managers, administrators, educators, and other professionals who work in or on behalf of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. GWS puts on Park Break in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, Student Conservation Association, Texas A&M University, and Colorado State University.

Click the links to find out how you can apply to take part of the 2009 Park Break! And check out the Park Break 2008 Facebook Group.

Attention Earth Science Students!

New for 2009, we are offering students in geology, hydrology, geomorphology, physical geography, glaciology, and other Earth sciences the opportunity to apply for a special program that links Park Break to summer-long paid internships through the GeoCorps America Program at Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Mount Rainier National Park, and Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and the Geological Society of America, these paid internships build upon your Park Break experience by putting you to work on resource issues in a national park. It's a great way to kick-start your career! More information


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