We are located in a remote forest in the Appalachian Mountain region of North Carolina where we run a small kitten rescue who live in a 500 sq. ft. open space cottage. Because we value the wild animals in the forest and our domestic animals, we love connecting young adults to offer experiential learning about the care and value of both. Other animals we have include 17 happy chickens, a 9 year-old lab mix, 4 Koi in our pond and seven cats in our house.
We own 22 acres with four creeks (some livable space and some protected for wildlife). There are opportunities here for maintenance on the land such as applying the cycle of clearing saplings to open space for our larger trees to breathe, using those saplings to create mulch, spreading the mulch back onto the forest floor. Gardening and helping with animals are the other two areas you will be offering your support.
If you love nature, animals, and outdoor work this may be a good fit for you.
Our forest/space is 100% Smoke and Drug Free. Sorry, we do not accept pets to avoid stress on our own!
We look forward to hearing from you.
Amber & Sean
On your two days off a week, if you would like, we would be happy for you to join us (or we can give you suggestions, if you prefer) on a hike through our favorite spots - Grayson Highland State Park where wild ponies roam - and along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. You can join us on one of the oldest rivers in the US (oddly called The New River) to take a picnic and tube or kayak down the river.
Our closest town, West Jefferson, is only a ten-minute drive and has shops, restaurants/pubs, and a lounge movie theater. Boone, about a 25-minute drive, is a fun college town with a great yoga studio called Neighborhood Yoga; while Blowing Rock, about a 40-minute drive, is a quaint village for shopping, eating and great hiking spots. You might also enjoy our local Farmer's Markets each Saturday, both in West Jefferson and in Boone.
There is ziplining close by, if you would like to see the mountains from a bird's eye view.
We are happy to guide you on a beautiful journey to experience the way of living in the High Country of North Carolina!
*Maintaining the forest as expressed above
*Gardening - planting, weeding, watering, harvesting (depending on what time of year you come)
*Animal Care - cleaning chicken coops (2), raking through some of their runs to keep it healthy for them, composting, socializing kittens, cleaning litter boxes, feeding/providing fresh water, walking Lulu (our dog),
Camping in the forest; outdoor shower, dry toilet
There is a shuttle from the airport into Boone called Hickory Hop. We can pick you up at their drop off location (Enterprise) in Boone. There is also a Greyhound service that will drop you off in Boone where we can pick you up. If you have your own car or a rental, great, we'll give you directions as we talk more.
We provide internet/wifi service.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
We welcome those who are travelling via camper. We can talk about the size of your camper and where it could be parked.
More than two
5 hours per day 5 days a week