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Wildlife Conservation, Puerto Jimenez
Application fee: US $189
Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
This is a private rainforest reserve and environmental education center located 2 minutes from central Puerto Jimenez in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Since 2012, they have been converted from agricultural land back to a vibrant biodiverse secondary forest. By planting native species and soil restoration, the land has become an oasis and biological island corridor for wildlife passing to larger expanses of forest, like Corcovado National Park, the crown jewel of Costa Rica’s national parks and a short distance from the reserve.
Day(s) highlighting different animal groups: Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, birds, insects
Botany (Tropical botany): Introduction to tropical botany, Fundamentals to plant ID Digital and traditional herbarium sampling, Hikes highlighting the big 10 most diverse plant families: Fabaceae, Rubiaceae, Orchidaceae, Melastomataceae, Araceae, Piperaceae, Poaceae, Euhorbieae, and Asteraceae
Conservation Education; Reforestation (with planting project) Native plants, Community outreach
Camera trap monitoring and hikes in diverse habitats- - beach, river (waterfalls), coastal forest, montane forest, mangrove, tropical agriculture, Ecotourism
Environmental Education, Leadership and lifestyle: The new recycle cycle- the plastic crisis and eco bricking project, Ecotourism, and responsible travel
Environmental Justice, National Parks, and Conservation investigation; Ethnobotany, Identifying and processing medicinal plants, Entomology,
Herpetology, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Ecology
Ornithology, Wildlife Conservation.
Promote and Develop Wildlife Conservation
The activities volunteers may participate in include, but are not limited to:
Environmental Education Programs such as Presentations at Community Centers,
Making of signs and regulations,
Recycling, Monitoring of Indigenous Species,
Feeding and Food Prep,
Beach and River Clean-ups, and
Please Note: There are no long-term caged animals. Volunteers will not touch the animals.