In 2021, 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). 

CAMP PARADISE

Butte County, California, USA

Camp Paradise is the world’s first ecosystem restoration disaster response camp and is a unique approach to a catastrophic environmental event.  On November 8, 2018, the deadliest wildfire in California history destroyed the town of Paradise and its surrounding communities. At least 85 people died and more than 50,000 people lost their homes in this devastating fire.
 

With the climate crisis predicted to make many parts of the planet uninhabitable, Camp Paradise will transform our understanding of how to deliver ecosystem restoration in locations affected by climate change, including land damaged by wildfires.

Camp opportunities

Camp Paradise is a mobile camp that serves multiple locations in and around the area known as “The Camp Fire Burn Scar”. It is not a permanent camp in a fixed location but rather takes the form of pop-up camps and ‘action days’, providing opportunities for Campers to join local people for educational experiences in regenerative design, ecological restoration, community organizing and permaculture gardening. 

What to expect

This is a collaborative, long-term restoration initiative being delivered by local environmental and community groups in conjunction with our partner, The Camp Fire Restoration Project. As we develop partnerships and community sites to work with, we will host camps to deliver large-scale permaculture action days, mobilizing hundreds of volunteers and Campers. 

We partner with local permaculture farms and sites to host Campers and then choose a public location in need of ecological repair. During an action day, our Campers work with local schools, downtown public spaces, businesses and community centers to restore soil and water cycles. We adopt a variety of different ecosystem restoration techniques, including planting fruit trees for food and shade, planting cover crop and native plants, creating earthworks and water systems, and building dry-composting toilets.

Who is needed

Camp Paradise is fundraising to secure property for a Main Resource Hub and to sustain the ongoing operations of our education and training programs, staff and experts, which include regular camps and action days. Please contact us if you have fundraising expertise and can assist in this area. We are also looking for volunteer graphic designers and web developers to design our public education online and print materials.

Vision and Socio-economic context

Our vision is to restore 150,000 acres of land affected by the devastating fire, create healthy ecosystems with sustainable local food sources, build fire safe homes and buildings, create green jobs, and teach local communities about ecosystem restoration.

Our collective action will create a sustainable and regenerative model with new systems for disaster response, resilient communities, and landscape restoration that inspires a culture shift.

How to apply

 Established camp

Organising partners

Facilities

Campsite-basic                                      Sanitation-basic                                          Kitchen                                                          Learning centre                                                Water filtration system

Restoration Activities

Tree planting                                      Composting                                                              Fire prevention                                                  Water retention                                                    Community building                                              Regenerative entrepreneurialism                        Erosion control                                                    Soil restoration

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

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.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Wechelerweg 37
7431 PD Diepenveen
The Netherlands

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