Student Ambassadors visit the BEN in July
Katherine, Ben and Elaine along with their moms, dad and grandmother had the adventure of a lifetime. Friends in their schools and homeschool group in Scottsville New York, St Louis. MO and O´Fallon, IL made major contributions to the Children´s Eternal Rainforest, El Bosque Eterno de los Niños (the BEN) and as a result these three student ambassadors were given a free trip to Costa Rica to learn firsthand about protecting the rainforest. Their donations were celebrated by the Monteverde Conservation League staff with a certificate, a BEN T-shirt and a BEN hat. Back home they will spread the word of the value of saving tropical ecosystems and their biodiversity. You can check out messages from past student ambassadors to the BEN on www.rainforest kid.com
Teacher Trip to the BEN
Teachers from Oregon to Florida received graduate credit for a twp week trip to the BEN full of education and adventure with a dual focus on tropical ecology and nature journaling. The art component was added to this year´s two week MCLUS Costa Rica trip with great results. Lee Ogle, an artist from Portland, Oregon, provided wonderful lessons and examples for the teachers whose journals soon were festooned with colorful art of what they had been seeing and hearing in the rainforest. Their mind-expanding experience was filled with wilderness, erupting volcano, waterfalls, professors and biologists as guides, a moving visit to a rural school, river rafting, time spent in five different types of rainforest, and friendship with local families including a lesson in tortilla making. They have much to share with their students when they return to their classrooms in September.