The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is happy to share a volunteer opportunity to help build wetlands at the mouth of Bayou Saint John in New Orleans. If you would like to do some physical labor that is hard, dirty and hot, come down to the bayou and help restore native habitat to our lake shore!

More information on the project can be found at: To sign up, email

Our work days will be from 8 am to noon on:

Thurs 6/27
Sat 6/29
Tues 7/2
Fri 7/5
Sat 7/6

We are building a sandbag containment wall to hold dredged mud that will form the marsh. The volunteer work is mostly lifting and moving sandbags that weigh 40 to 50 pounds, often walking in shallow water. Volunteers must therefore be able bodied and willing to perform hard labor for several hours in the Louisiana summer.

Gloves, water and snacks will be provided, though you may bring your own as well. We recommend wearing work clothes and old sneakers that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy, though comfortable rubber boots will work too. We’ll meet at 8 AM on the east side of the bayou near the lake shore. The easiest parking is at the end of St Bernard Ave. A map can be found here:

Email with questions or comments.