Big Laurel Learning Center
"We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature. " - On care for our common home: The encyclical of Pope Francis on the environment, Laudato Si'
Alternative break trips and service groups contribute over 3,000 volunteer hours to Big Laurel each year. Through opportunities for reflection, service, and community enrichment, visitors gain a greater appreciation for Appalachia, God, nature, and one another. Connect with us to schedule your trip!
Summer camps get kids outside and exploring our 400-acre land trust in Central Appalachia, one of the most biodiverse regions in the world. Through games, guidance, and hands-on activities, they discover the region’s rich natural heritage and create lasting memories. Sign up today to be a camper or a mentor!
Big Laurel and our volunteers focus on building a stronger, healthier, more resilient community. Through outreach projects such as home repair, food assistance, after school activities, and school gardens, we work to meet the physical and spiritual needs necessary to build a better Kermit and Marrowbone community!
Long-term volunteers are invited to dedicate time to promoting the vision of Big Laurel. Current Notre Dame AmeriCorps service
members work by preparing meals, hosting guests,
assisting in classrooms, and more. Contact us today to start a conversation about a year of service.
a mountain community inspired by the voice of God among us. We strive to promote healing and social change by providing education, outreach, and spiritual renewal, in solidarity with the people of southern West Virginia.
The work of Big Laurel is made possible in part by the support of the congregations of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the Congregation of St. Joseph, various grants, and the generosity of donors like you.
Through your spiritual and financial support you become part of our mission and part of the Big Laurel family.