striving to build a freer and more dignified world for now and our future 



A youth-centered music organization that cultivates an empowering space for girls, women, trans and gender non-conforming people to collaborate and experiment in music, expression, performance, and collective care. 

A project to regenerate empty lots into a resilient food forest system in the Carbondale's northeast. Using resilient species native to southern Illinois and/or bred for climate stress, the food forest will feature perennial food crops that use little water, build the health of the soil, and make steps toward local food security.

washington street garden

WSG is a community garden for collectively growing heirloom and hybrid organic vegetables, fruits, culinary and medicinal herbs, and flowers for free distribution and harvest in the community.

A annual project to plant native species fruit and nut trees in Carbondale and the region to land owners, residents, community gardens, and food forests.


Our goal is food security, community engagement, and ecological awareness, and to improve quality of life and health in neighborhoods.




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In-Kind services & contributions like meals, art supplies, and space-use, eliminate excessive overhead expenses. 


Join our neighborhood classroom & offer a workshop, event, or course. Email to propose!

There are numerous ways you can support our work. Donate today via PayPal or contact us to learn how you can become a sustaining contributor, an educator, or a 

partner with Libre Unschool.

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Libre, 215 N Washington St, Carbondale IL 62901

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Libre Unschool is a project of Libre, a nonprofit established to provide educational programming through a broad spectrum of arts and environmental experiences to southern Illinois youth and their families


Libre Unschool's camps and programs are intended to be accessible, safer spaces for all. Accessibility and safety is an ongoing dialogue on which we welcome feedback and input.



Our programs are funded through small grants, tuition fees, and put forward by sheer volunteer force. Local in-kind support and monetary donations allow us to provide accessible programming. To address the reality that most local youth live in poverty, all programs are offered on a sliding scale basis. This means a camper or student's family may choose to pay anywhere from the full tuition price to zero dollars. While we ask each family to please pay what they can afford, no youth will be turned away for lack of funds.



Libre/Libre Unschool does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race/ethnicity, class, ability, religion, immigration status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We believe in gender self-determination and our programs are open to cis gendered, trans, and gender non-conforming youth and volunteers. Read more about gender identity and expression here.


Libre is an educational 501(c)3; FEIN 81-4241533.

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


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