Our project is a 25 acre nature reserve and outdoor education campus located in the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun country, that aims to inspire people to steward the nature in their own backyards and learn how, collectively, we can protect these natural gifts for future generations.
Within the nature reserve, restorations are ongoing by sculpting the lands with specialized native species, reestablishing ‘Cajun’ prairie, planting over a thousand regionally native trees, creating wetland habitats for declining amphibians and rare fishes, creating pollinator habitats from native hibiscus, swamp milkweed, and many more regional plants to aid declining butterflies, native bees and others, and traditionally growing food without pesticides using permaculture, Creole and other indigenous methods.
So far, hundreds of local youth and other community members have helped with the restoration of the land and participated in our programs.
We leave on the property along with 20 chicken,10 ducks, 6 bunnies, 1 dog, 1 turtles and many fish. For our day job, we work from home: my husband is an artist (eco-art/bio-art) and biologist and I am his studio manager. We are a pretty fun family (if I can say so myself) and love welcoming people.
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
You'll get to discover the unique and festive culture of Cajun country, with its food, music and many many festivals. We are located 30 minutes from Lafayette, 45 minutes from Baton Rouge and about 2 hours from New Orleans. You'll also get to be part of Arnaudville community, a burgeoning town with a lot of creative energy. Volunteering with us, you'll learn a lot about Louisiana's nature and environment. Oh and also you'll eat good food.
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
We are currently looking for help in September and October to organize and get ready for our annual Halloween Art & Nature Festival. Tasks will include creating decorations with recycled or natural materials, site prep (clearing filed, making trails), fabrication (temporary stage and gallery), set up and break down during the event, and much more.
We leave in a small house, but we will fit you in.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We have a studio space with good internet connection that we use ourselves for work.
Any size welcome, we have 25 acres, we will fit you in...
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week