Join the effort to Restore Grand Isle!

The mission of Restore Grand Isle is to rebuild and restore the Grand Isle community, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island by investing in our residents and environment to create a vibrant and sustainable coastal community for generations to come.

What we do:

community members planting trees


Planting trees and plants

Restore Grand Isle has led the effort to plant trees and native plants to restore the environment, including planting live oaks and native Louisiana irises. We are now in the process of planning a dune restoration project.
flotation device hanging ready at the beach

Public Safety

Beach safety and restoration

Restore Grand Isle plays an important part in keeping the beaches clean and open to the public. It also has joined forces with blue boots to make sure signage and safety rings are accessible to the public.
community members lending a hand


Helping our residents and children

Following Hurricane Ida, Restore Grand Isle sprang into action to bring in supplies to help people gut and clean their homes. We also brought living necessities and appliances to help those living in temporary housing.

Completed Projects

2024 Live Oak Tree Planting

2024 Live Oak Tree Planting

The Grand Isle Garden Club, Restore Grand Isle and Restore or Retreat joined forces to plant over 100 live oaks on Grand Isle on January 27, 2024. Using a Keep Louisiana Beautiful grant, the three nonprofits planted more than 100 live oaks in Grand Isle in...

Iris Project

Iris Project

Restore Grand Isle has partnered with the Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative (LICI) and the Nature Conservancy to plant Louisiana Irises in the Lafitte Woods Preserve on Grand Isle. This project is still on-going and has been an enormous success.

Fall 2022 Live Oak Planting

Fall 2022 Live Oak Planting

Restore Grand Isle partnered with Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful to plant 27 5-year-old live oaks at the Grand Isle Community Center.

Upcoming Projects

Iris Bog Clean Up

Iris Bog Clean Up

Join us at the Griletta Track in the Lafitte Woods Preserve at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday March 7, 2024 to clear weeds and trim shrubs to make sure the Louisiana Irises have adequate space to grow and bloom this spring. Please bring gloves and a shovel. It is advised that...

Community Garden

Community Garden

We have set up a community garden at the Grand Isle Community Center. We are always planting new fruit and vegetables and encourage the community to stop by and collect some to enjoy with family and friends.

Dune Restoration Project

Dune Restoration Project

Grand Isle’s levee and dunes were severely damaged by Hurricane Ida. We are partnering with the CRCL to restore the dunes in Grand Isle.

Donate and make a difference!

Restore the Oleander Hotel!

Join Restore Grand Isle’s newest effort to purchase and restore the old Oleander Hotel that will be used for a visitor center, museum and art collection. Join us today in saving this historic landmark for future generations!

Sponsor a Live Oak tree!


Join our effort to restore Grand Isle’s Live Oak

Canopy by sponsoring the planting of a tree on

the island. Our maritime forest is a vital part of

the island’s environment. Together we can restore

the Live Oak Canopy!

pelican artwork


Donate – $150

Donate $150.00 to receive a limited edition giclee print depicting Grand Isle with pelicans (13″x19″)

Only 150 of these will be signed and printed.

door hanger

Door Hanger

Donate – $100

Show your Grand Isle pride on your front door or wall when you donate $100.00 to receive a “Restore Grand Isle” door hanger (19″ across, printed on PVC)

iris painting


Donate – $50

Donate $50.00 to receive a limited edition giclee print depicting a Louisiana iris (8″x10″)

art, door hanger, painting

All Three

Donate – $275

All three for $275

Caroline Marshall Hill is a visual artist born and raised in New Orleans. She moved to New York to immerse herself in art shortly after graduating from LSU. Caroline works in series to explore many different directions but often returns to nature for inspiration. She recently moved back to New Orleans with her wife and strives to paint on a daily basis. Caroline cares deeply about Louisiana and our coastal communities and hopes for a sustainable future where people and nature can live more harmoniously.

Jackson Hill is a newly retired professional photographer and photojournalist from New Orleans. With over 45 years experience shooting a diverse array of subject matter, he now spends his time working on short films and searching for birds to photograph.

Caroline and Jackson collaborated on this project to turn Caroline’s original paintings into giclee fine art prints.

More about Caroline Hill:

Caroline Marshall Hill is a visual artist living in New Orleans with her wife and dog. She exhibits at a range of local galleries and takes commissions to paint murals and paintings.

Contact Restore Grand Isle:

You can reach out to us by emailing us at or calling us at 985.226.3766. Donating can be mailed to Restore Grand Isle at P.O. Box 1102 Grand Isle, LA 70358.