Given the abundance of nature and wildlife in even populated areas of Costa Rica, you might think that teachers and parents there would be as comfortable in the forest as they are in their own neighborhoods. But like many of us here in the US, most people do not regularly venture into the woods.
So when our conservation partner, the Monteverde Conservation League (MCL), received an anonymous gift to help fund an environmental education program for local residents and school children, our new teacher’s first step was to bring together the School Director, Regional Supervisor and teachers of the La Tigre Circuit 2 School District for a day of orientation and exploration in the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. After a class-room presentation, Lady Garita A. led a hike through the forest and took the group to see some of the Pocosol area highlights, including the fabulous, bubbling mud pots (a perfect stop for a free facial!) Everyone who participated loved the experience.
Showing teachers and administrators that the forest is both a safe and magical place with myriad educational opportunities will open the door to greater environmental education opportunities for children from this school district. And as we know, many of these children will carry what they learn and see there with them for the rest of their lives.