MCLUS E Newsletter July 2009

Groups from Around the US Travel to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica

Trips to Bosque Eterno de los Niños (BEN), the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, are the best way to immerse yourself in the tropical rainforest and begin to understand the importance of preserving them. Filled with adventure, learning, wilderness experiences, cultural exchanges and fabulous photo opportunities, MCLUS trips offer a life-changing perspective.  This year MCLUS sponsored 3 trips and numerous others came to stay in our field stations within our 54,000 ac wilderness.

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Melisse Reichman led the Fox River Country Day students from Elgin, Illinois in May.  This is the third time FRCD has come to the BEN.  Their land use study gave them opportunity to weigh human impact factors on the forest.

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Maggie Eisenberger led a group from St. Louis, Arizona and Washington in June.  Besides their time in the BEN, they rafted through tropical dry forest and explored Carara National Park giving them the opportunity to compare different tropical ecosystems.

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Rachel Crandell led a group with participants from California, New Hampshire, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, New York and Maryland.  Ages spanned from 11-85!  The expert guides, hikes to a 200′ waterfall, watching Arenal Volcano erupt, planting trees and doing trail work service projects were all highlights.

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Steven Tomey, biology teacher at Lindbergh HS in St Louis, led his students to Costa Rica and the BEN.  The kids had raised money ahead of time and brought along their donation to deliver in person.  These trips make conservation issues real and impact the thought and lives of those who come to learn firsthand.

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Volcan Arenal, the most continuously active in the western hemisphere, is our view from the porch of San Gerard Field Station where we stay in the BEN. Custom trips for families or to fit with spring break dates are possible.

Free Teacher Workshop on Rainforest August 11 at Missouri Botanical Garden

There are a few spaces left for the Tuesday morning 9-noon free workshop on Tropical Rainforests at MoBotGdn in St. Louis. The rainforest suitcases filled with curriculum, dvds, books, games and samples are on loan for free to teachers during the school year if you attend the workshop. Also a gorgeous big, free poster for each teacher. Pass the word along to any teachers you know in the area. Contact teachertraining@mobot.org to register.