Igniting Youth Passion to Save the Rainforest Through Science
Elizabeth Henke, Program Director
Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace
In March 2013, FCER’s partnership with the Montessori Institute for the Science of Peace sent its first exploratory group of adolescents into the Children’s Eternal Rainforest (CER) for eight days of immersion. The mission was to take a comprehensive natural history and tropical science research approach to the rainforest, developing a clear academic and emotional foundation for student leadership in rainforest preservation. This group blazed the trail for future exploration and preservation efforts by Montessori adolescents from around the world. FCER curriculum developer Jeffry Norris, Ph. D., Luisa Moreno, Ph.D., and Mark Wainright, President of the Monteverde Conservation League’s Board of Directors assisted the students in designing independent research projects. Read more and watch the excellent video!
St. Louis Gets Wild About Conservation
Presenters Dr. Peter Raven, Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Tom Newmark (with Terry Newmark)
On April 23, FCER hosted its annual awareness and fundraising event at the Saint Louis Zoo where over 350 guests enjoyed renowned conservation biologist and FCER Advisory Board Member Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy’s presentation The Land of Gold and Cinnamon: Odyssey of the Amazon. After sharing his 48 years of Amazon study and exploration, Dr. Lovejoy made the case for the critical impact of FCER’s work, emphasizing several points: (1) That “nature is on the move in response to climate change”; (2) “The climate and biodiversity agenda [are] deadly important, of utmost urgency and fundamental to the future of humanity”; and (3) We “can’t heal the world without taking care of tropical rainforests.”
FCER supporters heard this message and supported it in droves, raising over $62,000 to support FCER’s educational and conservation programming. Thank you!
Top Chocolatier Makes Sweet Contribution to Event
Rick Jordan, one of America’s top 10 chocolatiers and sponsor of FCER’s 2013 event made a sweet, confectionary contribution to the evening’s VIP reception.
Jordan’s special creation – a tropical frog and jaguar bar made entirely from chocolate–celebrated two recent successes in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest: the return of the jaguar to the CER after a 27 year absence and rebounding amphibian populations, which have been devastated around the world for reasons thought to be linked to the Chytrid fungus.
Many local businesses came together to offer their generous support for FCER’s Wild About Conservation Event. Thank you to the following businesses for your sponsorship:
PowellsWood, the William T. Kemper Foundation, Davidson Surface/Air, Novus, Central Paper Stock, Condominium Property Management, Devereaux Stokes Nolan Fernandez & Leonard, Finca Luna Nueva, Board Builders, Experience on Demand, Lewis & Clark Community College, Pro Pool Management & Service, Inc., Rick Jordan Chocolatier, Rottler Pest and Lawn Solutions, Whole Foods – Galleria, Whole Foods Town & Country, and Build-A Bear Workshop.
PowellsWood Partners with FCER
PowellsWood, a Northwest Garden owned by Monte and Diane Powell, is known for its incredible outdoor spaces and dynamic annual storytelling festival. PowellsWood’s gardeners take a special interest in young visitors, guiding them through this enchanting natural refuge near Seattle, WA and encouraging them to explore their environment by turning over leaves, observing the enormous diversity of plants and examining the insects and birds that are attracted to the garden.
PowellsWood’s interest in engaging children in nature has led it to form a special partnership with Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. The private garden recognizes that garden habitats provide the abundance of food and refuge critical for neotropical migratory bird species, such as the Western tananger and Olive-sided flycatcher, that need stopover habitat during their long journey from the Northern regions of the United States and Canada to tropical wintering climates like the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.
A $15,000 Match Sponsor at FCER’s annual event this year, PowellsWood and FCER look forward to working together to preserve and create our world’s incredible natural places.
Support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest is being protected because of the thoughtful and generous support of people like you. Join the effort! You can:
- Make a donation on our website at www.friendsoftherainforest.org
- Like our Facebook Page to stay current on forest news and conservation issues
- Host an informational session or fundraiser
- Talk to us about ways to involve your kids and ￼￼friends in fundraising for the forest
We want to hear from you! Contact us at:
242 Old Sulphur Spring Road
Ballwin, MO 63021
Or visit our website and blog at: www.friendsoftherainforest.org