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). 

Mendocino County, California, USA

Camp The Land is located on 160 acres in a semi-arid, Mediterranean climate of California. This inspiring initiative started back in 2016 and since then has started the rehabilitation process on 50 acres through permaculture and reforestation restoration, and is aiming for another 20 acres by the end of 2023.

What to expect at Camp The Land

Staying at The Land gives you the opportunity to experience a rare Northern California ecosystem with 1 mile of river, old-growth redwoods, oak woodlands, grasslands, a functioning organic vegetable garden, and an orchard. You can also expect to work on forest restoration projects, learn how to garden, and enjoy the delicious homegrown food with fellow campers as well as incredible hiking experiences, helping out with the animals, and learning about regenerative grazing.

Who is needed

Camp The Land welcomes researchers interested in helping develop their testing regiment and volunteers and campers who are interested in working in the garden and with compost, in forestry work, understory clearing, trail creation, and cataloging different flora.

Vision and socio-economic context

The team at The Land believes that one of the essential ingredients of restoring dignity in ourselves and others is our relationship to the Earth. When we re-wild the land, cultivate our own soil, grow and prepare our own food, we are building our own value and ownership. The Land is an extension of the Unconditional Freedom project and its aim is to aid in restoring the dignity of the marginalized, the cast out, the prison residents, and the wild ones. Once reclaimed, we believe people naturally find the desire to contribute their unique gifts to society.

The Land’s Earth program has a soil and ecological testing lab where the ecosystem restoration knowledge and skill developed spreads out into the community through its 100 x 100 Anderson Valley project. This is a goal to reach large-scale ecosystem restoration in the Navarro River Watershed, 800 sq miles of California using the template created by Professor Millán M. Millán, Former Executive Director of the CEAM-UMH Research Institute. The Earth Program is also developing a Botanical Sanctuary program at the Mendocino County Jail. The Botanical Sanctuary grows the trees and native plants that are used in the 100 x 100 project, and in the surrounding community, and the inmates provide the labor force employed by state and federal agencies.

established camp

Established camp

Organisations involved

Camping (basic – bring your own tent), glamping tents, cabin
Sanitation (advanced)
Cellphone/mobile signal
Kitchen (basic)
Kitchen (full)
Swimming facilities


No alcohol, cannabis or illegal drugs allowed on the property. 

18+ only

Restoration Activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Soil restoration
Food planting
Community building
Fire prevention

Latest News from the Camp

How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp The Land

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:

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Joppelaan 77
7215 AD Joppe
The Netherlands

Sign up for our newsletter