The Children’s Eternal Rainforest is the largest private forest reserve in Costa Rica and is managed locally by the Monteverde Conservation League, a non-profit organization with offices bordering the reserve. Friends of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest does fundraising and outreach from afar in order to support the Monteverde Conservation League’s efforts to expand and protect the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. The Monteverde Conservation League is lucky to have a talented staff that is dedicated to the forest and passionate about conservation. Here, we would like to introduce you to one such staff member, Wendy Brenes.
What is your position with the Monteverde Conservation League?
Officially, I am the Coordinator of Information and Ecotourism.
When did you start working with the CER?
In July of 2010. My first introduction to the forest was at Bajo del Tigre.
Where are you from?
I am originally from Cinchona, near Poás Volcano, but I also grew up in Sarapiquí, in the Caribbean lowlands. The eldest of four sisters, I grew up in rural areas surrounded by forests.
Tell me about your professional background…
I studied Ecotourism at the International University of the Americas and later received a master’s degree in Nature Tourism Management. Before coming to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, I worked as an environmental educator and guide at Tirimbina Biological Reserve in the Caribbean lowlands. Conservation has been very, very important for me both personally and professionally.
What is your favorite part about your job?
Everything! But I especially enjoy working with children and working on the biological corridor project. I’m passionate about working with communities.
What is your favorite place within the Children’s Eternal Rainforest?
That is a difficult question, but if I had to choose, I would say the two stations: San Gerardo and Poco Sol.
Is there an animal in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest that you hope to see?
The umbrella bird! It’s been hard for me to get a chance to see one because the time when they are breeding in San Gerardo is a busy time for me because of the tourist high season.
Anything else that you would like to add?
Just that it brings me a lot of satisfaction to work for an initiative like this one!