We couldn’t be more proud to partner with thousands of incredible Hipcamp Hosts who share their land with others, opening up access to nature and getting more people outside. Here are just a few doing pivotal work for positive change.
When Steven was told he could no longer visit one of his favorite places, he took matters into his own hands, purchasing and reopening public access to Naked Falls, a fairytale-like destination in southern Washington that has held a special place in his heart since childhood.
“I didn’t want to hoard this property for myself. I wanted to create a culture of mutual respect and kindness, and a sense of stewardship over the river and land around it. I felt a responsibility toward it.”
At the 12.4-acre Morning Glory Homestead, Tony and Belinda share not just their sustainably grown vegetables but also their history and Gullah Geechee heritage. Their backgrounds in history and political science lend to the farm classes, island tours, and fishing experiences offered to visitors, who are also often treated to Gullah food traditions and taught about the land’s plantation past.
“Tony’s parents entrusted the care and preservation of the property to us and we are doing our best to be good stewards and teach the value of this property to our children and young grandchildren.”
For decades, Geoff has contributed to the foundations of permaculture, working toward a self-sufficient lifestyle others could also adopt. He managed the Permaculture Research Institute, and since arriving at what would later become Zaytuna Farm, Geoff has developed food forests, vegetable gardens, solar-powered bamboo housing, and dozens of courses to share his way of life with others.
“We want to save the world and we have a system that can do it. Being able to open our land to people provides a way for people to experience it without being much hassle to us.”
The native, nonprofit Lakota Youth Development goes beyond traditional tipi stays. Set on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota, the organization works to reclaim Lakota language and culture by encouraging native youth through retreats, camps, and entrepreneurship training. The group positively impacts thousands of people living on and off the historic tribal lands, sharing cultural teachings and skill development.
Karen and Graham purchased their 67-acre farm in 2015 and immediately got to work raising their dairy goats and restoring the land’s biodiversity. Partnering with the National Resource Conservation Agency (NRCS), they’ve since contributed to meadow restoration, reduced invasive species in the area, and created a habitat to repopulate bobwhite quail and wild turkey. The couple believes that solutions to system change can be found in the natural world. Visitors are free to wander the trails, take a look at the wildlife, or get involved with beekeeping, biophilic design, craft classes, and guided labyrinth walks.
On the Columbia River on the Washington-Oregon border, Sol continuously rehabilitates his property with the hope that it can be an example to others as a new model for land restoration and conservation. With this aim of long-term, steward-led land management, he welcomes campers to earn funds for agroforestry, selective clearing, and the planting of native edibles. Over time, these efforts have led to bald eagles and owls returning to the area.
“We employ environmentally conscious forestry practices, and we want to spread this to as many people as we can. This place is a cause more than a business.”
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