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CAMP EARTH CONNECTION
Molas, Yucatan, Mexico

About the camp

Situated in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, Camp Earth Connection is a biological reserve with a Cenote and Mayan ruins. The camps is restoring 39 hectares of tropical forest in this region, bringing an abundance of life back to the area with extensive planting of native species. They are also experimenting with various forms of agroecology, with the creation of a food forest and other regenerative methods for growing food. 

The property was initially cleared of trees and used as a cattle ranch for many years. When the project started, the bare soil was red and exposed from cattle grazing in the dry season. The only trees and shrubs growing were the thorny vegetation that the cows wouldn’t eat. Once the cows were excluded from the property, the vegetation started to grow again. The ground was covered by early succession species and the soil gradually turned darker. Earth Connection established a small nursery to grow local native vegetation and grow 100s of species.

Camp Earth Connection is also establishing regenerative agricultural practices and hope to be food independent in the coming years. The camp takes on interns doing research and hopes to motivate more students to come and participate in tropical ecological restoration and regenerative farming practices. Their end goal is to expand their impact by sharing the successes with the local Mayan communities, ideally helping to restore 1000s of ha.

Who is needed

Researchers, community outreach and fundraisers 

Camper opportunities

Go here to learn more details about camper opportunities.

What to expect at camp

Rustic living in the tropical forest. Lots of birds and other wildlife. Mayan ruins scattered around the property, and of course the beautiful cenote!

Camp Earth Connections

Vision and socio economic context

Earth Connection brings together the aspects of Education, Research and Action
Education focused on biology, ecological restoration, regenerative agriculture
Research focused on biodiversity, restoration ecology and eco-agronomy​
Action focused on ecological restoration, increasing biodiversity, and carbon recapture

Achievements to date

Education
– Biochar Production 
– Ecological restoration 
YouTube Videos 
– Community training and outreach – Needed
– 260+  visitors, students and volunteers involved from 19 countries
– 3 thesis projects with 2 universities.

Restoration work
– Tropical Jungle Restoration  –  20 Ha
– Food Forest – 3 Ha 
– Drinking pools for wildlife 
– 3 acres of food forest with irrigation
– Native tree and vegetation planting: 335 trees in food forest (60-70 species), 1000+ trees planted, 300+ plants, 8 ha seeded

Research
– Mexican  student thesis Internships
– Student biodiversity thesis on ants, 50 new species for the Yucatan added
– Botanical garden of local native plants –
– Laboratory – In progress
– Connecting and partnering with local and international universities

Cost to stay and what's included

  • Cabins in the biological reserve may be booked on Airbnb: Prices include the use of the cenote and trails. Dorm beds are also available on Airbnb.
  • Amenities include a cooking area, sacred firepit, composting toilet, shower, washing area, trails, permaculture gardens, food forest and wildlife reserve!
  • Mother Earth’s Kitchen offers traditional organic vegetarian meals. We harvest much from our organic gardens!

To book a stay at Camp Earth Connections, go here !

established camp

Established Camp

Organisations involved

Facilities

Camping (basic – bring your own tent)
Covered accommodation (bunk beds)
Sanitation (advanced)
Cellphone/
mobile signal
WiFi
Habitat creation
Electricity

Restoration activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Composting
Soil restoration
Food planting
Building
Natural building
Fire prevention
Restoration holidays
Cover cropping
Agroforestry
Water retention
Regenerative agriculture
Ecological Restoration
Research internships

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Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

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