While shopping for groceries at my local Sprouts, I came across mystery food grab bags located near the registers where shoppers could purchase a bag or two and they would be donated to families in need for the holidays. This sparked an idea — as a Hipcamp Field Scout I get paid to visit new Hipcamps. If I did a few extra Field Scout trips, I could easily buy half a dozen or so of these bags to donate.
As I continued thinking, this sparked another idea… there are also non-profit organizations on Hipcamp that could benefit from the help of Field Scouts like myself, and beyond my own monetary donations, I can raise awareness for their organizations by encouraging the Hipcamp community as a whole to give back to them.
I did a little digging, and found a number of Hipcamps across the U.S. that are non-profit organizations that’d I’d like to bring to your attention. If you’re a camper who cares like myself, you can help them out monetarily, or, in true Hipcamp spirit, by staying a night or two at their Hipcamp listings. Find my list below, and let me know how you plan on giving back this season!
Located roughly two hours North of Seattle, Robert’s listing seeps with history from first being inhabited by Salish Indians to almost being turned into a housing development in recent years. Now, The Pacific Rim Institute is the prime steward of this land in the PNW; and 12×12 cabins that were formerly used for pheasant rearing are accessible to campers.
“The Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) equips people and communities to live sustainably and care for creation. We do this through formal and informal education, workshops and active habitat restoration throughout the Puget Sound with various partner agencies and volunteers.” – Robert
This rescue ranch offers sanctuary to a menagerie of creatures. Located only two hours north of San Francisco (and near a Soda Rock Winery, I mean, come on), it’s a no-brainer to visit when one’s accommodation is a massive glamping tent with an outdoor bathtub and pool.
“It is my hope that through Happy Valley Rescue Ranch I can help raise awareness around the true nature of farm animals and their ability to think, suffer, love, grieve, play and feel joy just like you and me.” – Sarah
Beacon Farm has a neat history – originally a plantation and later used as a home for outlaws like Jessi James to hide out at. Now it is a non-profit growing food for local food pantries and soup kitchens. With 5 acres of pastures and 14 of woods in the River Bluffs, there’s plenty of room to roam and camp for a get away! Bonus, Bluffwoods Conservation area runs along the property, as well.
Random acts of kindness is host Zoe’s goal with her non-profit. She rescues animals and then provides seniors and rehabilitation facility patients with the comforts of animal companionship. 15 rescued animals reside on the one-acre property, some of which are mini ponies, fainting goats (you read that correctly), and Boston Terriers.
“The Littlest Things make the biggest difference. Our focus is kind acts in our community.” – Zoë
You know those adorable, fuzzy cows you see photos of on the Internet? Well, Wyomanock Center for Sustainable Living is the place to go if flying all the way to Scotland to witness some Highland Cattle is too extravagant. The property spans across 75 acres of different terrain such as meadows, woods, and ponds and Thomas’ non-profit plans a variety of activities you can take part in such as workshops and guided hikes.
Other non-profit HipCamp listings to check out:
Know of a non-profit that would benefit from hosting campers? Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and happy holidays!
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