If beaches, snorkeling, canoeing and camping sound like an exciting vacation experience, then West Virginia Universitys Florida spring break trip might be the perfect getaway.

Located at the Student Recreation Center on the Evansdale Campus, WVU s outdoor recreation program is now offering its Florida Keys and Springs trip March 21-29 to University students, faculty and staff. The registration deadline for the trip is March 2.

Our philosophy is to explore and have fun with new environments while also learning basic outdoor skills,said Brett Hagerty, program director.

Trip participants will travel to various Florida state parks, including the Everglades National Park and Canaveral National Seashore, where they can lounge on the beach, swim, snorkel, canoe and meet others seeking an adventure. Low to medium physical activity will be included in all trip activities.

This is definitely the perfect alternative to usual college spring breaks,said Abby McDonald, a previous spring break trip leader and participant.I was able to meet other people interested in outdoor activities.

The cost of the trip is $400, which includes instruction, transportation, gear, food, camping fees and trip activities. Students can bill the cost of the trip to their student account on the STAR system, as well as pay by check, cash or credit card.

In addition, whitewater day trips, the outdoor recs most popular program, begin April 5 and run until May 3.

For more information, visithttp://studentreccenter.wvu.edu/orc/or call Hagerty at 304-293-5076.