Help with non-profit nature preserve and education campus in Southeastern Louisiana, USA


United States

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    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    General Maintenance

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    French: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We leave in a small house, but we will fit you in.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    We have a studio space with good internet connection that we use ourselves for work.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Any size welcome, we have 25 acres, we will fit you in...

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 159784768835