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 Watershed sits in a classic Appalachia cove hardwood forest with massive rock outcroppings, lush creeks, flowing springs and a myriad of secluded niches to explore.
The forest has a highly diverse native herb population and 4 distinct tree stands in various states of balance from historical logging practices. The forest highlands have a large section of old growth on the steep slopes that was spared in the last clear cut in the late 90’s. This swath of virgin forest is the living model that our long term restoration efforts are based upon.
This enchanted realm is connected by miles of meandering paths leading to a high ridge trail with breathtaking panoramic views of the bordering Cherokee National Forest and Appalachian Trail.
Rising 1200 feet to the encircling ridge, the land’s topography forms a self-contained watershed basin, harvesting an average of 190 million gallons of precipitation each year. These sacred waters cascade through the streams and recharge her springs on its path to the Laurel, French Broad, Tennessee and Mississippi rivers before feeding the Gulf of Mexico.
The latitude and altitude of these ancient Appalachian mountains support one of the most biologically diverse temperate regions on the planet. With its direct southern exposure, surrounding wildlands, abundance of water and variance of micro-climates, the Watershed Camp presents an ideal environment to study, experience and restore our region’s rich biological heritage.
Camp Watershed is collaborating on long range regenerative forestry and permaculture design plans in order to guide development and restoration projects, and are engaged in ongoing inventories of botanical, fungal and wildlife species. Three greenhouses and a plant nursery have been built, and have also installed a gravity spring water and drip irrigation system for domestic and agricultural use. For the last 2 years we have operated a community supported forest agriculture program that offers weekly deliveries of garden fresh and wild foraged foods.
At this time we are interested in talking with potential campers with specific skills such as carpentry, forestry, engineering and remote assistance with fundraising, website and help establishing a non profit organization.
Campers can expect to participate and learn from a vast knowledge of ecosystem restoration at Camp Watershed. Permaculture Design Course Certificates will be offered at a later date (TBD).
We are currently offering tours that are an introduction to permaculture, regenerative forestry and the greater mission of Watershed Forest Farm. Depending on the state of public health, we may resume camp opportunities in the fall of 2021 and beyond. Please contact us about future camping, to arrange a tour or to just say hello and make a connection.
Camp Watershed has a vision and a mission to establish a multi generational food and medicine forest guided by the ethical directives of improving soil and water quality, regenerative forestry and permaculture design. Through practical research and education we provide a working model of active preservation to inspire sustainable forestry in Southern Appalachian communities and temperate climates around the world.
Camping (basic)-bring your own tents
Cellphone network (limited)
Full kitchen-vegetarian, plant based
Swimming holes in the creek
Water retention Tree planting Composting
Erosion prevention Natural building
Cover cropping Agroforestry
Regenerative entrepreneurialism Community building Restoration of livelihoods Restoration holidays
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