Gulf Islands National Seashore

Senior Yulin Yu takes photographs on the beach.
Senior Yulin Yu takes photographs on the beach at Gulf Islands National Seashore (Sarah Johnson | The Media School)

In spring 2019, The Media School will return to Gulf Islands National Seashore, this time in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, for its third annual alternative break service learning project with the National Park Service.

During their spring break (March 9-16, 2019), students will use their storytelling and media skills to create promotional videos to help the NPS fulfill its mission of preserving the seashore’s natural resources. To create these videos, they’ll take part in the activities, including kayaking, taking ranger-led fort tours and more.

This is a noncredit-bearing service learning opportunity; it is not a component of a Media School class. All Media School majors are eligible to apply.

In 2017, Media School students helped the NPS staff at Gulf Islands produce two short promotional films and developed photography and b-roll packages for social media and website publication.

The cost of the program is $800. This includes costs for transportation between Bloomington and Mississippi, lodging and any activities related to the service projects. It does not include the cost of meals or other personal expenses.

If accepted, you will be required to participate in preparatory meetings and complete preparatory work.


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