Help out on the only outdoor education center and heritage farm of its kind, USA

  • United States
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  • Last activity: 28/01/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    This is a unique nonprofit outdoor education center. Our programs celebrate antiquated lifestyle practices, understanding the basic foundation of where things come from and where things go. Here, food is cooked exclusively over wood fire and we live without electricity or hot running water.

    Our unique hand crafted buildings were literally carved right from the wilderness and built by us. We guide people through experiences with the natural world to enhance their appreciation and respect for life. We achieve this through a more comprehensive understanding of nature combined with the lessons of our elders and traditions.

    We always need volunteers to help with cutting firewood, cooking, taking care of the animals, repairing a million things that constantly need repaired, and helping with camps and classes. You learn primitive living while working at this magnificent preserve, growing and learning how to have less of a carbon footprint and more of an impact on sustainability and simple living.

    If you like to live in the outdoors, sleep in your cabin heated by a wood-burning stove, eat organic healthy foods, then this is the place for you.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • 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

    This experience is life-changing and life affirming. Volunteers walk away enriched, and often vastly more skilled when they arrive. You will be making the difference in the life of our visitors and helping to create a better world by even a short stay at Turtle Island Preserve. You can learn a lot more by visiting our website or checking us out on facebook.

  • Help


    We are looking for volunteers :
    Feeding and tending to livestock, Help Cook meals on our wood-fire stoves;
    Fix and maintain vehicles and buildings; split and stack fire wood;
    Organize and assist in educational classes and workshops;
    Assist with many and various hands-on projects
    pick up and clear an enormous amount of rocks and sticks and fallen limbs

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    We have a number of cabins available for volunteers, heated by wood-burning heaters. Volunteers are welcome to fix breakfast for themselves with food we supply in our outdoor kitchen. We often eat lunch and supper together as a community. All food and sleeping accommodations are provided free of charge. In the off season, classes and programs slow down and there is a lot of quiet and solitude. December - March there are long periods of time where we have no visitors and no community meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers should be responsible and hard working - either independently or within a team. Of course, we will discuss with you ahead of time, what projects we have going at the time you are interested in, to make sure the tasks are right for you and that you are comfortable. If you have issues with substance abuse, or a criminal history - please do not apply. We are first and foremost an education center, and we run extensive background checks on everyone who is on the property for the safety of the children we host.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    each experience is a case-by case sitution

Host ref number: 648167254157

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