We make a difference by helping the local school. The school, with just one teacher, is located on the beach, has no electricity, and has few materials. The project and its visitors continually supply the school with much needed materials. Students and teachers periodically visit the school to give talks about an area of interest, such as the benefits of bats, and the school children are invited to the Biological Station for field trips and parties.
We are starting and supporting a rural library development and children’s programmes. The library in San Josecito has approximately 700 books and the library in Los Planes now has 500 books. The community of Sierpe has asked for our help in creating a library and this will be a new project for 2007. We continue to search for funds to employ a travelling librarian.
We protect a tract of tropical lowland rain forest and its coastal zones in Costa Rica, maintaining the eco-systems with a minimum of human impact. International tropical ecology courses and camps are offered to university and secondary school student groups as the “intense field trip” to give first-hand experience in field studies in tropical eco-systems. National environmental education programs are run for Costa Rican students to study their tropical forests through in-country exchange programs and sponsorship by local companies.
Research and species inventories in terrestrial and marine eco-systems are carried out by national and international investigators and our volunteers. Regional involvement is in development associations and other conservation NGOs to continue conservation efforts of the Osa Peninsula.
National level involvement is through the Costa Rican Network of Private Nature Reserves which supports and defends private conservation in Costa Rica and throughout the Central American Isthmus. We are expanding the Biological Station through acquiring nearby tracts of land under pressures of “development”.
This holiday is part of the responsibletravel.com and Conservation International Community Based Tourism Programme to support and promote community based tourism ventures that offer significant conservation and development benefits to local communities.
Experience an inclusive Rainforest EcoRetreat in Costa Rica
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