Friends of Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a 501(c)3 U.S.-based non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and the region’s biodiversity.
Since 1992, our mission is to help protect and manage the forest and wildlife resources of Monteverde, serve the community, facilitate their participation in resource management activities, support the Environmental Education Program,
and provide all visitors with an opportunity to enjoy cloud forests and learn about their biodiversity.
For 30 years, the Tropical Science Center’s Environmental Education Program has taught thousands of students in Monteverde and Costa Rica to respect and appreciate our unique environment. We are nurturing conservation attitudes and actions to protect our natural resources and safeguard our planet for future generations.
Hands-on educational activities like visiting the cloud forest, reforestation of native trees for ecological restoration, and environmental workshops in schools connect students with nature and create a long-lasting impact. These children grow up to be business owners, government leaders, and decision-makers. It is a model program for environmental education worldwide, saving our planet one child at a time.
Our purpose is to generate environmental awareness about the importance of maintaining and protecting natural wilderness areas, like highly threatened tropical cloud forests, and achieving friendly co-existence with wildlife. We bring our message of conservation to the world because we believe that, together, all of us can make the change to restoring a healthy planet and preserving our home.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve fully funds the Environmental Education Program. Unfortunately, the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic significantly reduced visits to the Preserve since March 2020, which has strongly impacted our financial resources.
Thus, we need to seek new income sources to continue our education and conservation programs. To do this, we have joined forces in a fundraising campaign with the Friends of the Monteverde Cloud Forest, a 501(c)3 U.S.-based non-profit organization. We are seeking donations to raise $150,000 in 2021 to continue our environmental education workshops, citizen science projects, and educational tours.
1. Support an Environmental Education Program with more than 30 years of teaching thousands of children to understand and protect our natural resources. | 2. Safeguard a natural paradise and one of the most biodiverse places in the world, with more than 2.5% of the existing biodiversity on our planet. | 3. Join forces with a non-profit scientific organization for nearly 60 years!
You can help by giving a donation. We can accept direct bank transfers in Costa Rica and funds through PayPal from anywhere in the world. All donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. Make a difference today with your donation!
You also can collaborate by visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. Funds from ticket sales go to protect and conserve the Tropical Science Center’s four private reserves and the Environmental Education Program. Income from complementary services such as guided tours, lodging, and meals at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve also contribute to the Environmental Education Program.
The Environmental Education Program also offers a range of workshops and services for companies and students of different educational levels.
Costa Rica’s Monteverde Cloud Forest is extraordinary and rare. Cloud forests make up just 1% of global woodland, yet they provide a rich habitat for a huge range of plants and animals, many found nowhere else on Earth. Monteverde hosts 2.5% of the planet’s biodiversity and 50% of all biodiversity in Costa Rica.
Cloud forests exist above 1,000 meters (3,280 feet) elevation and are covered in clouds, fog, and mist most of the time. Trees are full of mosses, lichens, and other epiphytes such as orchids and ferns, creating a beautiful fairytale-like atmosphere. One of their unique features is the ability to trap water from clouds – branches,
leaves, and mosses collect droplets that drip to the forest floor and enter streams and groundwater aquifers. Cloud forests are a major source of water for rivers. Cloud forests also impact global weather systems and play an important role in regulating the Earth’s climate.
But despite their benefits, cloud forests are among the most threatened ecosystems on the planet due to the combined effects of population growth, uncontrolled land use, and climate change. In 1970, cloud forests covered around 50 million hectares of the Earth’s surface. Today, the complete loss of cloud forests and their unique biodiversity are at risk.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve of the Tropical Science Center was established in 1972 as one of the first private areas for biodiversity conservation in Costa Rica. It is dedicated to conservation, research, and environmental education. Over the years, the Preserve has grown from 810 acres (328 ha) to over 10,193 acres (4,125 ha) and encompasses four life zones. Two percent of the total area is open to the public, while the rest is dedicated for conservation purposes.
More than 126 species of mammals, 448 species of birds, 60 species of amphibians, and 101 species of reptiles live here. It is one of the few remaining habitats in Costa Rica that supports all six feline species — jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis — along with the endangered three-wattled bellbird and resplendent quetzal. The cloud forest we protect delivers many benefits to communities, both near and far, including pure air and clean water.