The last three months has been a very busy time for the Corcovado Foundation’s environmental education program. Last year, our educators were working in eleven small public schools around the Osa Peninsula. Today we have expanded to 22 schools all along the South Pacific Coast which means that 441 children now attend our classes!
Most recently, we visited the village of Rancho Quemado and worked with kids and community members to create an adorable short film called “The path you choose is only up to you”. The students act out the story of a community which works to change their behavior and create a sustainable village. The kids used recycled materials to create their own costumes and props and we had a great time gluing and painting together.
By participating in recreational activities related to the environment, our students can use their creativity to develop a personal relationship with the natural world. The foundation’s art, film and music projects work to complement formal lessons and reinforce the children’s respect for and enjoyment of nature.
Over the last three months, 189 children from all over the south-west of Costa Rica have participated in at least one of our environmental education events. We have organized a trip to the Golfo Dulce Reef, participated in the planting of 100 trees, created community banners for the Bird Migration Festival, and lots more!
To help us with all of these achievements, we welcome a new long-term volunteer who has been a wonderful addition to the team. She has assisted with a range of activities including a new child leadership workshop called The Green Classroom.
This semester the students have focused on learning about the diversity of life on the planet and the symbiotic relationship between different forms of life in the ecosystem. We have also added a unit called “The Nature Detectives” to our curriculum in which students use creative problem-solving skills to solve environmental “mysteries”.
As you can see, we have been very busy bees!
Since the expansion of the program into 11 new locations, we need your help more than ever! Public schools, particularly in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica, have very few resources and we want to continue to support them by providing learning materials.
By making a donation to the Corcovado Foundation environmental education program you can contribute to school supplies, teacher salaries and most importantly, help to teach the conservation leaders of tomorrow. Many of the excursions and activities that we organize are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for our students- so please give what you can!
We will write again soon to let you know about all the exciting things we have planned for 2016, and we thank you for your continuing support!