Stay at our field study centres

Our centres are a fruitful meeting place for everyone with a shared concern for the environment: scientists and non-scientists, Christians and non-Christians from different cultures and backgrounds. Whether you want a welcoming base with research facilities for your own field studies, or just want to have a holiday at a working centre where you can learn more about A Rocha at first hand, our centres may meet your needs. The accommodation varies from very basic dormitories to en-suite and family rooms.

Canada – Brooksdale Guest House

The Brooksdale Environmental Centre is situated on the Pacific Coast in British Columbia, just north of the Canada-USA border. The property includes environmentally sensitive land along the Little Campbell River, which supports a diversity of birds, plants, insects and fish. Nearby is Boundary Bay, the top-rated Important Bird Area (IBA) in Canada. The property, with its pastures and beautiful heritage buildings, houses the national office, as well as our on-site education, conservation and sustainable-living activities. The centre is ideal for those looking for research opportunities or just hands-on experience.

For more information and inquiries, please see Brooksdale Guest House on the A Rocha Canada website.

Canada – The Lodge

The Lodge at the Boreal Ecology Centre is a 5 bedroom retreat centre within 130 km from Winnipeg, that can sleep 14 to 18 people. It has three bathrooms, a full kitchen, a large common area, and a third floor 360 degree lookout.

Surrounded by lush forest and meadow, this is the ideal place for rest, reflection, and connection with others and with our creator. While there, you can use the BEC field guide to identify species, hike the trails on the property, or bring a canoe to paddle the Boggy River.

The Lodge at the Boreal Ecology Centre is available to be rented by individuals, families, community organizations, schools and churches.

For more information and inquiries, please see The Lodge Rental on the A Rocha Canada website.

Czech Republic – Krupárna

A Rocha Czech’s centre, Krupárna (‘the mill’) is located in a river valley near Dobruška, in Northeastern Bohemia, surrounded by 2.5 hectares of meadows and forests, and within thirty kilometres of the ecologically important Eagle Mountains, Grandmother’s Valley and the Rozkoš reservoir. Krupárna is an old, spacious building that was originally a grain mill, then a textile mill. A stream that used to power an old-fashioned water wheel still runs through the building.

E-mail: [email protected]

France – Les Courmettes

Les Courmettes lies in the hills above Nice. The 600 hectare site, rising from 300 to 1200 metres, holds a wealth of natural habitats and has spectacular views of the Côte d’Azur. It also has a conference centre, accommodation for up to 25 volunteers, and welcomes thousands of day-visitors each year for a range of activities from walking to environmental education.

Contact: A Rocha France, Le Domaine des Courmettes, 06140 Tourrettes sur Loup, France.
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 11 02 32
E-mail: [email protected]

India - Kasserguppe Field Study Center

The A Rocha India centre is based in southern India, in the village of Kasserguppe, a short distance south of the metropolitan city of Bangalore and on the edge of Bannerghatta National Park. The centre’s proximity to the scrub forest makes it an ideal place for volunteers from India and abroad to participate in research surveys, elephant censuses and other programmes. The team also offers short-term research placements for graduate and post-graduate ecology students and can accommodate students or professionals interested in pursuing their own research topics.

Tel (Mobile): +91 9886672041;
+91 9611026666
Email: [email protected]

Kenya – Mwamba Field Study Centre

Mwamba is on the coast in Watamu, 100 km north of Mombasa. Offshore is a national marine park and reserve with world-class coral reefs. Nearby is the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, one of the most important forests for bird conservation in all Africa, and Mida Creek, a superb mangrove ecosystem containing seven of East Africa’s nine mangrove species. This is a perfect location for studying – or just enjoying – a wide range of species and habitats.
The centre provides simple, friendly full-board accommodation for anyone looking for a holiday on the beach or near a forest and will particularly appeal to birders, botanists, marine enthusiasts and anyone interested in wildlife. Facilities include those for longer-term resident researchers.

Contact: A Rocha Kenya, Mwamba Field Study Centre, PO Box 383, Watamu 80202, Kenya.
Tel: +254 (0)20 233 5865
E-mail: [email protected]

Portugal – Cruzinha

Cruzinha, in southern Portugal, is surrounded by the attractive farmlands of the Quinta da Rocha peninsula and overlooks the Alvor estuary. It is situated half-way between the nearby towns of Portimão and Lagos. Regular visitors to the centre include school and university groups, as well as families and individuals. There are excellent areas for plants, birds and insects within walking distance of the centre and both Cape St Vincent and the Monchique hills are within easy reach by car or bus.
For ‘Birds! Birds! Birds!’ or ‘Laid-back birding’ holiday weeks, or day tours, visit

Contact: Marcial Felgueiras, Cruzinha, Apt 41, 8501-903 Mexilhoeira Grande, Portugal
Tel/Fax: +351 282 968380
E-mail: [email protected]

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