In 2022, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
The Beaconia Research Station (BRS) is an 18-acre farm with an adjacent forest that has remained fallow for over 20 years. In that time the field has returned to wild prairie grasses and thistles. On the eastern shores of Lake Winnipeg, the 10th largest lake in the world, Beaconia Research Station is dedicated to off-the-grid Permaculture solutions to revive a dormant farm, untouched for over 20 years. Collective members are also researching Rudolph Steiner’s techniques in relation to landscape.
People with an affinity for animals, who don’t mind observing and tending to the needs of goats, also people with experience in small-scale construction, and fence-building.
The first summer of ecorestoration will be dedicated to enriching the farm’s fields with a Nigerian goat herd. Participants will help restore boundary fencing and herding/caring for these sentient creatures. Campers are encouraged to bring their own art projects
Bring your tents and stake out your camping spot on this wild property that the trans Canada walking trail intersects. Experienced sailors are welcome to use our ship, the S.S. Ganymede on Lake Winnipeg. Other activities include identifying rare orchids, watching carp spawn in Beaconia March (early summer), bird watching (eagles, pelicans, hummingbirds), walking the Brokenhead wetlands trail which interprets the rare calcareous fen which flows beneath the region. From the BRS it’s a short walk to Beaconia Beach, a 2KM stretch of undeveloped shore which is Manitoba’s clothing-optional beach.
Camp Kitigay’s food forest project started with the Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership at the University of Manitoba and the Kitigay internship program in 2021 at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (BON). Camp Kitigay is starting a permaculture community farm with goals of offering education programming that builds community and restores the ecosystem. The goal is to feed the community and ensure sufficient safe drinking water for their community because the artesian wells almost ran out this summer — even with many things shut down. Camp Kitigay is also striving to include Elders and youth to build strong Indigenous food systems working with nature.
Installations of fruits trees and saskatoon bushes have begun, as well as a field of garlic. We have also experimented successfully with Indigenous traditional fire for land management and renovating an old school bus to safely house heritage hens for a backyard egg business and community food security at BON. Beekeeping and organic gardening is in the works for spring 2022.
In addition to organised Ecosystem Restoration Camp Experiences, many camps offer a range of short to long-term volunteering programmes. Facilities, cost, minimum length of stay and restoration activities vary from camp to camp. Contact the camp directly for this information via the camp page application form below.
Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership at University of Manitoba
Kitigay Internship Program 2021 at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation
Beaconia Research Station
Restoration of livelihoods
Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020