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Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest

by PHA Pterocarpus Forest, Inc.
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest
Enable an encounter with a rare Pterocarpus Forest

Summary

The project greatly expands the open-air classroom role of an extremely rare 51-acre Pterocarpus Swamp Forest at Palmas in Humacao through the creation of an app that provides information to visitors about the Forest's functions, flora and fauna, and the slow process of recovery from Hurricane Maria, as they meander along the 3/4-mile, elevated boardwalk that winds its way through the Forest interior. The project also provides new interpretative signage within the Forest's facilities.

$12,270
total goal
$7,935
remaining
27
donors
0
monthly donors
11
months

Challenge

The Forest offers visitors unique experiences with nature and educational information, including a general, descriptive brochure; interpretive signage; and opportunities for self-guided and guided tours. The available educational material and programming, however, is extremely limited in its scope and breadth, an observation frequently shared with us by visitors, and unable to respond to new realities, such as the impact of Hurricane Maria's destruction upon the Forest and its ongoing recovery.

Solution

The creation of a dual language app that include visuals and sound, using the individual's phone GPS as an interactive guide, synced to new interpretative signage, will make more detailed dynamic content and timely information available to the physical and virtual Forest visitor. As a result, our thousands of annual visitors will more fully understand and learn from their experience within this fragile, rare ecosystem and the need to protect Puerto Rico's severely damaged environment.

Long-Term Impact

In the long-term, the Forest will be better able to fulfill its mission as an open-air classroom, a venue for environmental education and place for scientific research). With the use of technology we will be able to more readily adapt to changes requiring content changes, allowing us to focus, for example, upon aspects of the forest's long-term recovery from Maria's destruction, offering visitors a unique, learning experience with life-long meaning, as adaptations are made to the app over time.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

Pterocarpus Forest Website
30-minute television documentary (in Spanish)
Facebook
Instagram

Organization Information

PHA Pterocarpus Forest, Inc.

Location: Humacao - Puerto Rico
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Antonio Maldonado Lopez
San Juan, PR Puerto Rico

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