MCLUS December 2009 Newsletter

Forever Forest Group Climbs Past First Fundraising Goal

Forever Forest Group Climbs Past First Fundraising Goal

From August 2008 to October 2009 the group of 6 kids raised $5,100.00. Almost all of the money has been raised from selling cards made with photographs from their own travels to the BEN (Bosque Eterno de los Niños) or from cards made with rainforest art designed by the kids. They have given several Power Point presentations to schools and community groups over the 14 months. The group is pictured above, apart from one member who was absent. The FFG is excited about their new goal to raise $10,000.00.

Spotlight on 2010 BEN Trip Leader – Maggie Eisenberger

Maggie Eisenberger (middle) during her M.S. research in Panama with other researchers.
Maggie Eisenberger (middle) during her M.S. research in Panama with other researchers.

Below, we’ve summarized the credentials of your 2010 trip guide to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. She is a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm and looks forward to hiking, bird-spotting, and adventuring with you. The early bird reservation discount of $100 discount on the 2010 trip expires after January 31st. Visit or for more details.

  • Led a trip to the BEN in June 2009
  • Master’s in Tropical Ecology from the Whitney R Harris World Ecology Center at University of Missouri-St. Louis (Her research was on the biotic and abiotic effects of opening a hiking trail in the rainforest. She spent 4 months in the Darien Region of Panama and managed the field research station at Cana)
  • Has led trips since 1991 to Belize, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, the Peruvian Amazon, Ecuador, and the Galapagos.
  • Developed Curricula on rainforest education for which she received Eisenhower funding for her first trip to the Amazon
  • Published rainforest educational activities online and distributed them via Fisher Scientific
  • Has given dozens of talks on rainforest to a wide range of groups, including public and private school s (pre-K-12), senior citizen groups, church youth groups, the St. Louis Audubon Society, conferences for ISACS (Independent Schools Association-Central States), ISSL (Independent Schools-St. Louis),AMS (American Montessori Society), NSTA (National Science Teachers Association), NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers), STOM (Science Teachers of Missouri), the Conservation Forum, and at the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Sustainability Conference.
  • Currently serves on the MCLUS board
  • Served 6 years on the board of directors of Save The Rainforest
  • Served 18 years on the steering committee of St. Louis Rainforest Advocates
  • Written many articles for the E-Newsletters of Save the Rainforest and St. Louis Rainforest Advocates
  • 30 years teaching experience (pre-K – 12th; except 5th)
  • Currently teacher of high school science and math
  • Received several teaching awards, including the St. Louis Zoo’s Teacher of the Year Award

Happy New Year From MCLUS! We look forward to partnering with you in 2010 to continue to protect, preserve, and restore the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.

For the forest,
Friends and Board of MCLUS