'Here is the last remaining piece of Nature, right on our doorstep, where adventures are to be experienced and secrets discovered.'
– Peter Wohlleben
Big Canopy Campout was founded in 2017 with the aim of connecting the growing global community of tree climbers, researchers, activists and forest enthusiasts in an annual outdoor event, and celebrating the importance and appreciation of forests worldwide.
The Big Canopy Campout was born out of a passion for trees, climbing, science and exploration. There are so many people doing so much for our forests - whether it be research, conservation, promoting value through media or exploration - and even more who do so much by purely spending time in them and appreciating them. The idea was to open up a platform to join all these people for the purpose of raising money and awareness for forest preservation around the world.
Though initially dreamed up by climbers based in the UK, the Big Canopy Campout is for everyone. Since 2017, we have had participants from all over the world join in with the Campout each year, and many of these participants have had no climbing experience at all – they’ve simply enjoyed their local trees by camping at ground level.
We want to celebrate all the different people who are protecting the planet’s forests in such wonderfully different ways. The Big Canopy Campout is not a competition; it’s a community. We want everyone to share the joy they get from forests with their friends around the world – and by sharing the knowledge and understanding we gain from all these different forests, we hope to contribute to developing better ways of protecting these areas beyond our generation and way into the future.
'The Big Canopy Campout has given me the huge privilege of meeting people (both in person and virtually) from all around the world, with different jobs, perspectives and backgrounds, who nevertheless share the same understanding that forests are key to the future of the planet and to our happiness and health' – Vicki Tough, Co-Founder Big Canopy Campout
- Create an annual camping event in and around forests that is open to all.
- Raise funds for sustainable tree planting and forest protection projects worldwide.
- Build an engaged community of forest ambassadors who share positive experiences and worthwhile causes.
- Promote people, science, projects and products aimed at protecting forests.